A former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will face charges of corruption and money laundering over his alleged involvement in one of the most far-reaching corruption cases in Brazil.
Several politicians have already been charged with receiving kickbacks from a scheme in the state-run oil company, Petrobras. 70-year old Lula has been a principal subject of investigations but was shielded after Rousseff, who has now been impeached appointed him chief of staff.
Lula is accused of receiving $1.11m in bribes laundered through a suspicious purchase and renovation of a luxury penthouse. Lula has called the allegations a ‘farce’ and has said it is politically motivated.
“I am sad,” Lula said. “It is a big farce, a big lie, a big pyrotechnic show.
“What’s happening isn’t getting me down, but just motivates me to go out and talk more.”
He has shown an interest in running for the Presidency again in 2018 having served a single tenure from 2003 to 2011.