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Brazil’s ex-president Lula charged in money laundering probe

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center, leaves a breakfast with senators in Brasilia.

 

(Eraldo Peres / Associated Press)

Prosecutors in Sao Paulo state have filed money laundering charges against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is accused of hiding his alleged ownership of a seafront penthouse in the city of Guaruja.

Lula has denied he owns the apartment, which belongs to the construction company OAS. OAS is one of the biggest targets of a separate corruption investigation that focuses on state-run oil giant Petrobras.

The charges filed Wednesday against Lula still need to be accepted by a judge.

In a statement, Lula said that investigators “are not unbiased.” He still has not been heard by the state investigators in the case.

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The decision comes days before an anti-government protest Sunday, and five days after Lula was held for questioning and his home raided by police.

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