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Thursday 22 March 2018

Charges recommended for Brazil ex-president Silva in Petrobras probe

The scandal has rocked Brazilian politics
The scandal has rocked Brazilian politics

Brazil's federal police have recommended charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his wife in connection with the sprawling corruption probe at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

Friday's announcement comes on the second day of the impeachment trial against Mr Silva's protege and successor Dilma Rousseff, who has been suspended from office since May.

Federal police accuse Mr Silva of having an apartment built for him by a constructor in the beach city of Guaruja, in Sao Paulo state. He denies being the owner.

Federal prosecutors will now look into the case and decide whether Mr Silva should stand trial.

He is also accused of obstructing Petrobras scandal investigations.

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