Brazil ex-president Lula’s graft probe testimony postponed


SAO PAULO: Authorities in Brazil Tuesday called off testimony by popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was to be questioned over allegations that he and his wife hid ownership of a luxury seaside flat. The graft probe, which threatens the leftwing political giant’s potential bid to return to power in 2018, was set to have Lula testify in Sao Paulo on Wednesday. But the National Prosecutors Council ordered the appearance called off, in a statement released by Lula’s Workers Party. Reached by AFP, the prosecutor’s spokesman would not confirm that the hearing had been called off. Lula has faced questioning in the matter before and has not been charged. But this is the first time he would have appeared as a suspect in the probe into “money laundering, which includes the crime of hiding assets.”



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