Brazil debates economic cost of corruption investigation

Balloons depicting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as prisoners are sold during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 19 2016Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is raising hackles after warning that the mega Petrobras corruption probe is paralyzing essential sectors of the Brazilian economy, like oil and construction. Many saw Lula’s comments as a cynical attempt to deflect public attention from a two-year-old investigation, now that he has been implicated in the widening corruption scandal.

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