Former Brazilian president t Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Image courtesy of MAB comunicação/Youtube.

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is facing charges for his alleged involvement in the Petrobras scandal.

According to the BBC, Brazilian prosecutors are filing charges against Lula da Silva but details about the charges have not been disclosed yet.

A judge must still formally accept the charges.

The former president’s son is also reportedly included on a list of 16 people the prosecutors are accusing of money laundering, the BBC said.

Lula da Silva, 70, is accused of accepting gifts related to kickbacks including construction work, luxury real estate and speaking fees from companies accused of involvement in the corruption scheme.

Lula da Silva has denied any wrongdoing.

The probe, known as Operation Car Wash, has focused on bribes and kickbacks paid by several engineering and energy firms to win Petrobras contracts.

The former president and founder of the ruling Workers’ Party was detained for questioning late last week while police conducted raids on his residence and offices.

Lula da Silva was first pulled into the probe in July when prosecutors accused him of using his influence to help Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht win overseas business after his tenure as president.

Construction tycoon Marcelo Odebrecht was sentenced to 19 years in prison last week on charges of money laundering, corruption and taking part in a criminal association.

Odebrecht was arrested in June after allegations began to surface that his firm,Odebrecht SA, had participated in the Petrobras bribery scheme.


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