Brazil police ‘search ex-president’s home in corruption probe’

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, photographed in August 2015 (AFP Photo/Douglas Magno)

Sao Paulo – Police searched the home of Brazil’s powerful ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and detained him for questioning Friday in a probe into a huge corruption scheme, Brazilian media reported.

Officials confirmed to AFP that a major sweep including detentions and searches of properties had taken place, but would not immediately confirm that Lula was one of the targets.

The probe, known as Operation Car Wash, has dismantled a vast embezzlement and bribery conspiracy centered on national oil company Petrobras.

Authorities were to hold a press conference at 1300 GMT.

Source: AFP