Brazil prosecutor seeks new corruption probe against ex-president Lula

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Paulo on April 25, 2016Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s top prosecutor on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to open a corruption probe into powerful ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and three of current President Dilma Rousseff’s ministers. Also named were several key figures from Rousseff opponent Michel Temer’s PMDB party, which is at the forefront of efforts to impeach Rousseff. The request by chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot cited allegations of involvement by some 30 suspects in the giant kickbacks scheme at state oil company Petrobras which has engulfed some of Brazil’s most influential politicians and executives.

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