Brazil’s ex-president Lula detained over corruption scandal

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https://www.rt.com/business/334530-brazil-lula-corruption-scandal/

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was detained by police on Friday. Lula, who held the country’s top office from 2003 to 2010, is accused of being involved in corruption schemes with state-owned oil major Petrobras.

Local media said he was taken to the airport in Sao Paulo for questioning.

“Ex-president Lula, besides being party leader, was the one ultimately responsible for the decision on who would be the directors at Petrobras and was one of the main beneficiaries of these crimes,” a police statement said, quoted by Reuters.

“There is evidence that the crimes enriched him and financed electoral campaigns and the treasury of his political group,” the report added.

Lula’s spokesman declined to comment.

The long-running inquiry, known as Operation Car Wash, is probing accusations of corruption and money laundering at Petrobras.

According to officials, three search warrants and eleven detention warrants are being carried out by 200 federal police agents in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Bahia.

Dozens of politicians and executives are being investigated under suspicion of overpricing Petrobras contracts and bribery.

Lula was the president of Brazil at a time when the country’s economy was growing rapidly. He has a very positive image in the country for helping millions of people get out of poverty.

Lula’s detention raises doubts about the future of his protégée and successor Dilma Rousseff’s government. The current president is facing her own corruption scandal.

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the net is widening..sucking lula into its midst..

“There is evidence that the crimes enriched him and financed electoral campaigns and the treasury of his political group,” the report added.”

i find it very unlikely an elected representative of the state would be corrupt!!😛

“Dozens of politicians and executives are being investigated under suspicion of overpricing Petrobras contracts and bribery.”

jail them all..

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~ by seeker401 on March 8, 2016.

2 Responses to “Brazil’s ex-president Lula detained over corruption scandal”

  1. Charges filed against Brazil’s Lula

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35770299

    Brazilian prosecutors are filing charges against ex-President Lula da Silva in a money laundering investigation, officials say.
    He denies any wrongdoing and says the charges are politically motivated.
    The accusations are part of a major corruption investigation at the state oil company, Petrobras.
    Lula and his wife, Marisa Leticia, face questions over the alleged ownership of a seafront penthouse in the exclusive resort of Guaruja.
    They are among 16 people who are formally being accused of money laundering by Sao Paulo prosecutors.
    Lula’s son is also reported to be on the list.
    The charges still have to be formally accepted by a judge.
    Prosecutors have announced a news conference for later on Thursday.

  2. Running a country is like a franchise to steal money..
    some are more successful than others. some franchise have more customer (victims) than other.. the most successful franchise in recent times has been Malaysia’s Najib – netting tens of billions.

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