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Brazilian Police File More Charges against Lula

RIO DE JANEIRO Ė Brazilís Federal Police on Monday filed new charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for passive corruption in a case involving bribes paid by the Odebrecht construction company for him to rent an apartment and buy property, local media reported.

The police, in the same case, also filed charges for money laundering against six other people, including Lulaís wife, Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva; his former finance minister, Antonio Palocci; and his attorney and friend, Roberto Teixeira, according to news reports.

Lula is already the target of three indictments for corruption.

One of the accusations refers to alleged influence-peddling to benefit the former head of stateís son, Luiz Claudio Lula da Silva.

Those purported illegal actions took place in 2013-2015, two years after the end of Lulaís second term as president, but prosecutors maintain that he continued to wield influence within the administration of protege and successor Dilma Rousseff.

Luiz Claudio Lula da Silva received 2.5 million reais ($740,000) from companies that sought an extension of favorable tax treatment for Brazilís auto industry, according to the AG Office.

Lula Sr. also had a role in supposed irregularities in the Rousseff administrationís decision to purchase 36 jet fighters from Saab, the indictment claims.

The new charges filed on Monday come within the framework of the investigation into the huge corruption network that diverted funds from state-run oil company Petrobras.

The charges filed by the Federal Police after the conclusion of their investigation into the matter will now be reviewed by the Attorney Generalís Office, which may then ask the Justice Ministry to bring the seven accused to trial.

 

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