Brazil Detains Ex President In Corruption Probe

Brazilian police have detained former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and searched his house as part of a corruption investigation.

A police statement said evidence showed Lula benefited from a bribery scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras and that money was illegally channeled into his political party’s campaigns and expenses.

Police carried out 33 search warrants and 11 detention warrants on Friday in the ‘Operation Carwash’ anti-graft and money laundering investigation, including two in Sao Bernardo do Campo, the hometown of the former president.

Earlier, local media reported that Lula was being brought in for questioning in the sweeping corruption investigation involving state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro.


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