Brazil’s Lula tells U.N. his rights violated in corruption probe

Lawyers for Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva petitioned the United Nations on Thursday with allegations that his human rights had been violated in a corruption investigation.

Lula, once a leftist icon and Brazil’s most influential politician, is under investigation over allegations he benefited from a kickback scheme at state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.

British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who has defended boxer Mike Tyson and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, joined Lula’s Brazilian lawyers in filing the petition to the U.N. Human Rights Committee.

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