Brazil ex-president Lula appears in court to face graft charges

Embattled former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeared in a federal court on Wednesday to give his first direct testimony before a crusading, anti-corruption judge on graft charges he dismisses as a political witch hunt.

Lula is accused of receiving a beach apartment in return for helping the OAS construction firm win government contracts. His court appearance before Judge Sergio Moro, who has spearheaded Brazil’s biggest-ever corruption probe is expected to last several hours. A ruling by Moro is not expected until July.

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