Probe into oil giant Petrobras widens
Brazil’s ex-president Lula detained and interrogated by police as corruption scandal probe into Petrobras widens.
Police have reportedly detained Brazil’s ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after raiding his properties. The searches are part of an ongoing probe into corruption at oil giant Petrobras.
Brazil’s O Globo news network broadcast images Friday of police officials around Silva’s residence in Sao Bernardo de Campo outside Sao Paulo.
Police released a statement implicating the ex-leader in the graft probe.
“Ex-president Lula, besides being party leader, was the one ultimately responsible for the decision on who would be the directors at Petrobrasand was one of the main beneficiaries of these crimes,” a police statement said. “There is evidence that the crimes enriched him and financed electoral campaigns and the treasury of his political group.”
The probe, known as Operation Car Wash, has dismantled a vast embezzlement and bribery conspiracy centered on Brazil’s national oil company, Petrobras.
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