The photo is from a year ago, but 2016 has brought former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva a list of corruption and money laundering charges:
Lula da Silva, Ex-Brazil President, Hit With New Criminal Charges. Prosecutors in Car Wash probe also file new charges against former leader’s wife and construction magnate Marcelo Odebrecht
Brazilian prosecutors filed new charges against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Thursday, accusing him of further instances of corruption and money laundering as part of the Operation Car Wash anticorruption investigation.
A judge will now examine the charges and decide whether or not to put Mr. da Silva on trial. A spokesman for Mr. da Silva denied any illegal acts by the former president or his wife, Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva, who was also charged with money laundering.
Mr. da Silva, who led Brazil between 2003 and 2010, already faces trial in three criminal cases linked to the Car Wash probe involving alleged embezzlement and influence peddling. The vast investigation is centered on state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.
It’ll be interesting to see how many of these charges get to trial.