Prosecutors Call Lula Mastermind of Brazil’s Biggest Scandal
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – MARCH 18: Brazilian Former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva gives a speech to thousands of supporters out in protest on March 18, 2016, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had his temporary detention requested by the prosecutor of Sao Paulo for alleged involvement in funding shifts and corruption. A telephone recording between President Dilma Rousseff and former President Lula was released by the Federal Police, which seems to suggest that he was appointed into the cabinet in an attempt to avoid prosecution in the corruption scandal. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
Brazilian prosecutors accused Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of masterminding the worst graft scandal in the country’s history, saying the former president enriched himself and orchestrated political kickbacks that cost the country billions of dollars.
Lula received at least 3.7 million reais ($1.1 million) in benefits and ran the so-called Carwash scheme that cost state oil company Petrobras more than 42 billion reais, federal prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol said in a press conference on Wednesday. His office formally charged the former president with corruption and money laundering.