Former Brazilian presidents Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff charged in corruption case

Former Brazilian presidents Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff charged in corruption case”

Dilma Rousseff, the former president of Brazil, has been charged for the first time in connection with a sweeping corruption probe that has already claimed the scalp of her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and tipped the country into turmoil.

Mr Janot said that Lula was the head of the alleged organization, and that the Workers' Party received some $480m (£370m) in bribes in several public entities, including Petrobras and the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES).

The dates mentioned in the legal indictment roughly coincide with Silva's and Rousseff's tenures as presidents. Silva was elected in 2002 and Rousseff took over after his second term.

The charges arise from the Operation Car Wash investigation that uncovered a cartel of companies paying bribes to officials to secure Petrobras contracts, revelations that have spawned a host of investigations that has shaken Brazil's political system and economy.

The investigation has so far led to the indictment of dozens of executives and senior politicians.

A year ago, Rousseff was voted out of office as president for breaking budget laws, while in July, Lula was sentenced to nine years and six months in prison for corruption in a separate matter. He faces probe in four other corruption trials. Requests for comment from representatives of both former leaders were not immediately answered. The scheme had allegedly begun in 2002 after Lula da Silva won the election and continued till his successor Rousseff was impeached in 2016, BBC reported.

Janot said Silva maintained this power even after he left office because of his influence over Rousseff.

Current president Michel Temer, who took over from Rousseff, also is reportedly in Janot's sights.

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