Lula Is the Big Test for Petrobras Prosecutors

Brazilians will take to the streets on Sunday.

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The worries for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva seem to have no end. On March 3, a newsmagazine published what it said were accusations by a onetime political ally, including that the former Brazilian president, known as Lula, had orchestrated a plot to buy off a witness in the giant corruption case at state-run oil company Petrobras. The next day, federal police detained and interrogated Lula on suspicion that he'd benefited from the Petrobras scheme. And now, in a separate case, Sao Paulo prosecutors are seeking Lula's arrest on charges of money laundering and false declarations; if a judge decides to send him to trial, Lula could face up to 13 years in jail.

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