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Brazil’s ex-president Lula charged in money laundering probe

Silva has denied he owns the apartment, which belongs to constructor OAS. OAS is one of the biggest targets of a separate corruption investigation that focuses on state-run oil giant Petrobras.

By: AP | Sao Paulo | Published: March 10, 2016 11:03 am
Brazil corruption, Brazil former president, Brazil Lula corruption, Brazil president corruption Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference at the Workers Party headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, March 4, 2016. Brazilian police acting on a warrant questioned the former president and searched his home and other properties, in the most recent development yet in the sprawling corruption case at the oil giant Petrobras. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Prosecutors in Sao Paulo state have filed money laundering charges against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is accused of hiding his alleged ownership of a seafront penthouse in the city of Guaruja.

Silva has denied he owns the apartment, which belongs to constructor OAS. OAS is one of the biggest targets of a separate corruption investigation that focuses on state-run oil giant Petrobras.

The charges filed Wednesday against Silva still need to be accepted by a judge.

In a statement, Silva said that investigators “are not unbiased.” He still has not been heard by the state investigators in the case.

The decision comes days before an anti-government protest on Sunday, and five days after Silva was held for questioning and his home raided by the police.

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