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

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By Euronews  with Reuters
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.