Thursday, September 15, 2016

Brazil Ex-President Lula And Wife Charged In Massive Corruption Scandal

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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More News On Brazil's Ex-President Lula And Wife Being Charged In A Massive Corruption Scandal

Brazil's Lula charged as 'top boss' of Petrobras graft scheme -- Reuters
Brazil prosecutors file corruption charges against ex-president Lula -- France 24
Brazil's former president Lula charged in widening Petrobras corruption scandal -- The Independent
'Lula,' Brazil's Ex-President, Is Charged With Corruption -- New York Times
Former Brazilian president Lula charged in massive corruption scandal -- Washington Post
Brazil's Lula facing corruption charges -- UPI
Brazil ex-President Lula charged with corruption -- DW
Prosecutors Call Lula Mastermind of Brazil’s Biggest Scandal -- Bloomberg

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