Brazil’s chief prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court to authorize an investigation into President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, her mentor and close ally, two of the country’s main newspapers reported.
Public Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot filed the request with the high court, which must authorize any formal probe into the president or a member of her cabinet, newspapers O Estado de S.Paulo and O Globo said. Rousseff appointed Lula as her chief of staff this year, though the court temporarily suspended the posting. Janot’s filing seeking authorization to investigate Lula is dated May 2 and was sent to Justice Teori Zavascki, who will rule on the matter. The Supreme Court declined to comment when asked when he would make a decision.