Brazil police want to question former president Silva on kickback scheme at Petrobras

Stan Lehman – U.S. News, 9/11/2015

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Friday said that federal police have asked for its permission to question former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for possible involvement in the kickback scheme that has engulfed state-owned oil company Petrobras.

The court’s press office confirmed the request, which was first reported by weekly newsmagazine Epoca on its website on Friday. The court received the request on Wednesday. It has not indicated when it would rule on the police request to question Silva.

According to parts of the request published by the magazine, police believe Silva “may have obtained advantages for himself, his party … and the government while he was president by maintaining a base of political support sustained by illicit business” at Petrobras.

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