ADVERTISING

Latest Photo Galleries

Signs of Tension Signs of Tension

Published on 04/11/2016

Rio: a City in Metamorphosis Rio: a City in Metamorphosis

Published on 11/19/2015

Brazilian Markets

15h51

Bovespa

+0,27% 86.154

16h43

Gold

0,00% 117

15h55

Dollar

-0,05% 3,9160

16h30

Euro

+0,49% 2,65250

ADVERTISING

Car Wash Operation Accuses Lula of Corruption and Money Laundering in Country Home Remodeling Case

05/23/2017 - 13h54

Advertising

ESTELITA HASS CARAZZAI
FROM CURITIBA

A taskforce from the Car Wash Operation lodged another accusation against former president Lula on Monday (the 22nd) - this time, the accusation of corruption and money laundering related to the country house in Atibaia (State of SP).

In addition to the Workers' Party leader, 12 other people were also accused. Among them are businessmen Emílio and Marcelo Odebrecht; Léo Pinheiro from OAS; cattle rancher José Carlos Bumlai; and the owner of the country house, Fernando Bittar.

Carlos Nardi/WPP/Folhapress
The country home in Atibaia
The country house in Atibaia

According to the accusation, the former president benefited in the amount of R$ 1,02 million (US$ 314 thousand) in improvements to the home, which was used frequently by the PT leader and his family. The remodeling allegedly was paid for by Odebrecht and OAS.

Lula's defense declared the accusation to be "frivolous" and "a desperate attempt to justify the persecution of the former president to society". For counsel Cristiano Zanin Martins, the motion "reminds one of the former manipulations and other absurdities" used to sustain the theory that Lula is the real owner of the country house - something that the PT leader denies.

Fernando Bittar's defender, Alberto Toron, said that the accusation against his client appeared to be "completely beyond any standard of rationality". He declared, however, that he still plans to analyze the motion. Bumlai's defense said that they had no comment. The reporter for this article was unable to contact the defense of the other individuals accused.

Translated by LLOYD HARDER

Read the article in the original language

You have been successfully subscribed. Thanks!

Close

Are you interested in news from Brazil?

Subscribe to our English language newsletter, delivered to your inbox every working day, and keep up-to-date with the most important news from Brazil.

Cancel