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Brazil Prosecutor Has Evidence of Ex-President Lula's Criminal Activity

© AFP 2021 / NELSON ALMEIDAFederal police officers are deployed at the Lula Institute headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 04, 2016. Police searched the home of Brazil's powerful ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and detained him for questioning Friday in a probe into a huge corruption scheme.
Federal police officers are deployed at the Lula Institute headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 04, 2016. Police searched the home of Brazil's powerful ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and detained him for questioning Friday in a probe into a huge corruption scheme. - Sputnik International
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Brazilian authorities have sufficient evidence to accuse former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of criminal activity, federal prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima said Friday.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, police raided the former leader’s house and took him for questioning as part of a huge graft probe into the national oil company's Petrobras activities.

"We have 39 pages of evidence against Lula, they are all criminal," Santos said at a press conference.

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Lula, who was in power from 2003 to 2010, is said to have benefited from the kick-back scheme, which helped the ex-president become the owner of luxurious real estate objects.

Brazil-based Petrobras company was involved in a corruption scandal last year, after it was revealed that several functionaries signed contracts and received for that a 3 percent commission of the contract amount. These funds were further used to bribe politicians and officials. According to the Brazilian authorities, overpricing and bribery brought to the masterminds about $3.8 billion.

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