Lula da Silva, Is Held for Questioning
Police officers raided the home of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil who is under investigation in a colossal graft scheme involving the national oil company Petrobras, on Friday morning, and took him into custody.
In an operation that began at 6 a.m., officers from the Federal Police swarmed Mr. da Silva’s home in São Paulo. He was taken to a police station at Congonhas Airport for questioning, but he has not been arrested or charged.
Mr. da Silva, who served from 2003 through 2010, has been facing an array of legal challenges related largely to his close ties to giant construction companies that profited from lucrative government contracts.
Universally known as Lula, Mr. da Silva, 70, remains a towering figure in the governing left-wing Workers’ Party. He continues to exert considerable sway in the capital, Brasília, and ranks among Brazil’s most powerful figures.
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