Prosecutors consider Lula a flight risk and want him in jail:
Brazil prosecutors want preventive detention for Lula da Silva. Ex-president is a flight risk and could hinder money-laundering investigation, say his accusers
Prosecutors said the former Workers’ Party (PT) leader is a flight risk and that he could place obstacles in the way of the investigation into allegations of money laundering and misrepresentation of assets.
State prosecutors in São Paulo late Wednesday charged Mr. da Silva with money laundering and misrepresentation for allegedly concealing his interest in a beachfront penthouse from tax authorities. Prosecutors also requested an arrest warrant for Mr. da Silva, according to a source.
Under Brazilian law, Mr. da Silva cannot become a defendant until a judge accepts the charges. If convicted on all counts he could face as many as 13 years in prison.
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Thursday’s developments complicate the legal woes of Mr. da Silva, who is also under investigation in connection with a sprawling federal corruption probe centered on state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, that has rocked the highest levels of Brazilian business and government. Prosecutors say Mr. da Silva profited from a supplier graft ring that skimmed billions from Petrobras through inflated contracts that helped bankroll the leftist Workers’ Party and its allies.
The chickens will come to roost . . . maybe.