Former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff and other staff part of their Workers’ Party have been accused of forming a criminal organization.
Charges were filed on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a scheme to inflate state contracts to pay kickbacks and bribes to politicians. The corruption probe has netted dozens of executives and senior politicians.
An accusation against Rousseff includes:
- Suspicion of breaking budgetary rules by shifting money around to cover short-term deficits, ultimately landing her on an impeachment trial
Some accusations against Luiz include:
- Multi-billion dollar bribery scheme revolving around the state-run oil company, Petrobras
- Obstruction charges on suspicion that he tried to pay a former Petrobras executive to stop him from giving information to authorities
Silva, his successor and allies are accused of orchestrating the receipt of around $480 million in bribes.
Silva alone faces several charges and has already been sentenced to 9 ½ years in another case, which he is appealing.
For more information see: LA Times
By: Nicolas Di Nardo