Brazil ex-president testifies in influence peddling probe

Associated Press – ABC News, 10/15/2015

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva testified Thursday before Brazilian federal prosecutors who are investigating allegations of influence peddling, the ex-leader’s foundation said.

In a statement, the Instituto Lula said Silva voluntarily appeared for about 1 1/2 hours at the federal public prosecutor’s office in the capital, Brasilia.

He was questioned in an investigation centering on trips Silva made to several developing nations, including Angola and Cuba, after leaving office. Prosecutors are looking into questions of whether Silva was paid to sway foreign leaders into awarding inflated contracts to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and pushed Brazil’s state development bank to give the company well over $1 billion in low-interest loans.

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