BBC: Brazil ex-President Lula and wife face charges in corruption scandal
Federal prosecutors in Brazil have asked a judge to file corruption charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
They accused him of being the "boss" of a huge corruption scheme that cost the state oil company, Petrobras, an estimated $12.6bn (£9.5bn) in losses.
Prosecutors had been investigating whether Lula and his wife failed to declare ownership of a luxury flat.
He has denied owning the penthouse and says the case is politically motivated.
A criminal conviction would bar him from running for president in 2018.
Lula has called the episode a "deplorable spectacle". He and his wife deny any wrongdoing and say there is no proof for any of the allegations.
A judge is due to rule in the next few days whether to formally charge Lula.
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