Brazil’s federal prosecutors filed new corruption charges against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Monday. Da Silva is already involved in two other corruption investigations. In September a Brazilian judge accepted [JURIST report] charges against da Silva that include complaints that he illegally received almost USD $1.1 million in improvements and expenses from a construction company for a beachfront apartment. In return, it is reported da Silva secured lucrative contracts from Petrobas for the construction company. The new corruption charges [NYT report] include further illegal dealings with local company Odebrecht to benefit da Silva’s family members. A judge still needs to accept the charges for da Silva to go on trial in the case.
Brazil’s political establishment has been in turmoil as many powerful politicians have been brought to the center of embarrassing corruption investigation and trials. More than 100 individuals and 50 politicians have been arrested in connection to the Petrobras scandal. In late September former finance minister Antonio Palocci was arrested [JURIST report] in connection with the ongoing corruption probe for the time he spent working under former presidents Silva and Dilma Rousseff. Also in September the Brazil Supreme Court approved [JURIST report] a motion by prosecutors to open a preliminary investigation into accusations from Sergio Machado, former Transpetro head, that current President Michel Temer sought illegal campaign donations in 2012. Former president Dilma Rousseff was removed [JURIST report] from office in September following a 61-81 Senate vote in favor of impeachment.