Former Brazil president Lula poised for corruption trial, associates fear

Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 06/15/2016

Family members and associates of former Brazilian president Luiz Ináçio Lula da Silva fear he will soon be put on trial for what is alleged to be a central role in a massive corruption scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras.

The Workers’ party leader – who is unquestionably the most influential figure in Brazil’s recent history – has been named in plea bargains by former allies and business executives who have been arrested in the Lava Jato investigation into revelations that construction firms secure inflated contracts in return for kickbacks to executives and politicians.

Among them is Delcídio do Amaral, the former Workers’ party leader in the upper house, who has recently testified that Lula – as he is universally known – attempted to impede the inquiry. The former senator, who was stripped of his mandate, told the Guardian he expected judges to make a decision shortly on his deposition.

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Brazilian prosecutors indict BTG’s Esteves, Sen. Delcidio do Amaral

Luciana Magalhaes – 12/8/2015

Brazilian prosecutors indicted the former chief executive officer of investment bank BTG Pactual, André Esteves, and Sen. Delcidio do Amaral on Monday on charges of interfering with a criminal investigation.

The two men were arrested two weeks ago as part of the investigation into corruption at state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.

Sen. Amaral’s lawyer declined to comment ahead of the charges and couldn’t be reached Monday evening. Mr. Esteves’s lawyer declined to comment before having seen the charges. Both Mr. Esteves and Sen. Amaral have denied wrongdoing in the past through their lawyers.

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