Brazil’s Lula Charged With Corruption Amid Trial of His Protege

Brazilian police charged former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with corruption and money laundering as his successor faces an impeachment trial expected to oust her permanently next week.

A spokesman for the federal police in Brasilia confirmed the charges on Friday, which local media reported are in relation to a beach-side apartment in Sao Paulo state that Lula and his wife frequented.

Lula’s lawyers were not immediately available for comment when contacted by phone and e-mail. The 70 year-old former labor leader has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and said he is the victim of political persecution.

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