Brazil: Ex-president Lula charged in corruption probe

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Prosecutors in Brazil have filed charges against
former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, his wife
and six others over a corruption scandal

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involving
the state-run oil giant Petrobras.
Deltan Dallagnol, a public prosecutor, said on
Wednesday that Lula was the “general” in
command of the Petrobras corruption scheme that
caused an estimated $12.6bn in losses.
Lula’s lawyers said in a statement that he strongly
denied the allegations and would fight the charges.
He could face arrest for allegedly receiving a
luxury apartment on the coast of Sao Paulo from
one of the engineering and construction firms at
the centre of the bribery scandal.
Lula has denied ownership of the three-floor condo
in the city of Guaruja.
Federal police urged prosecutors last month to
bring charges against Lula and his wife, accusing
them of receiving more than $700,000 in benefits
from the builder OAS in relation to the apartment.

Lula, a former union leader who was a two-term
president from 2003 to 2010, has separately been
indicted by a court in Brasilia for obstruction of
justice in a case related to an attempt to persuade
a defendant in the Petrobras scandal not to turn
state’s witness.
Lula’s fall, and that of the leftist party he founded
in 1980, has been dramatic.
Last month, his protege and successor as
president, Dilma Rousseff, was removed from office
in an impeachment trial.

Source: News Agencies

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