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Prosecutors seek arrest of Brazil's former president Lula da Silva

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By Euronews  with Reuters
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Prosecutors seek arrest of Brazil's former president Lula da Silva

State prosecutors in Brazil are seeking the arrest of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva less than a week after he was questioned by federal police as part of a separate probe into alleged bribery and money laundering.

The requested detention also concerns charges of dirty money as well as identity fraud over claims he concealed ownership of a beach-front apartment.

Lula denies ownership and wrongdoing.

Sao Paulo state prosecutor Cassio Roberto Conserino gave th e following statement:
“It is a roundup of testimonies, a roundup of documents, and the only conclusion that corresponded, was that that luxury apartment was destined for the ex-president of the Republic.”

Conserino told the press that dozens of witnesses claim Lula was the owner of a luxury condo in the coastal city of Guaruja. He is seeking to use their testimony as proof that the former president profited from housing projects which were financed by a state bankers’ cooperative.

Lula’s lawyer has called on the Supreme Court to decide whether or not the case comes under the jurisdiction of a federal investigation into state-run oil company Petrobras.

That crisis is threatening to topple his successor and supporter, President Dilma Rousseff.