Car Wash Operation Ties Lula's Son to Atibaia Country House

PF investigating whether large money transfers from telephone companies paid for personal expenses of former president's family

Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro

A new phase of the Car Wash operation, launched yesterday, is targeting Fábio Luis, son of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT).

The operation will investigate the alleged use of Fabio Luis and Jonas Suassuna's companies to pay for Lula's family expenses. The money would have come from Oi and Vivo operators and was only to benefit Lula and his relatives.

According to the investigation, part of the money was intended for the purchase of the site in Atibaia (SP) frequented by Lula - and whose reforms sponsored by contractors motivated his conviction for corruption and laundering.

File Photo: Fábio Luís da Silva (Punta Arenas, Chile, 15.02.2008. Foto de Sérgio Lima/Follha Imagem) - Sérgio Lima/Folhapress

The Federal Police even requested the arrest of Fabio Luis and others involved, but the MPF (Federal Public Prosecutor) said there was no need, and Judge Gabriela Hardt denied the request.

On social media, Lula called the operation a "pyrotechnic demonstration of searchers addicted to spotlights" and said that the MPF uses "juggling" to try to hit him.

Fábio Luis does not yet have a lawyer. Folha was unable to contact Suassuna.

Oi and Telefonica, the owner of Vivo, said in a statement that they have collaborated with the authorities.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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