Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva expressed outrage over being questioned in connection with a wide-scale corruption investigation that has sparked a debate on whether or not the operation may be politically motivated.
Two former leaders of Brazil have been accused of running a criminal organization in a massive corruption scheme. The charges are part of an unprecedented crackdown on corruption in Brazil.
Italian MPs have demanded Brazil extradite the former far-left militant Cesare Battisti. Ex-Brazilian President Lula da Silva rejected Italy's extradition request in 2010, but his protection is now long gone.
Whatever the final verdict against former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, it won't diminish his enormous contribution to the country's political life, says DW's Astrid Prange.
Brazilian President Michel Temer has been charged with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization. As sitting president, he will only face trial if two-thirds of the lower house vote to suspend him.
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