An investigation has been launched by a Brazilian federal prosecutor into allegations that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was involved in vote-buying scheme.
The federal police were requested to investigate accusations of a businessman at the centre of the corruption case, Marcos Valerio, who claims that the former leader not only knew about the scheme but received money from it including funds from the former Portugal Telecom president. Lula has always denied the accusations.
Lula led Brazil from 2003 to 2010 and is still an important and influencial political figure in the country. The accusations could cause problems for current president Dilma Rousseff who is Lula’s political protegé and former chief of staff.