Federal Police detained former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Friday morning for questioning in a sprawling bribery and influence-peddling case. The former chief executive will answer questions at a Federal Police installation in São Paulo and will likely be released later Friday, police said. Lula was detained along with ten others, including his son Fábio da Silva and top aide Paulo Okamotto. Police also executed 33 search warrants Friday, including warrants to examine documents at Lula’s home in a São Paulo suburb and at his office in downtown São Paulo. Police are investigating the possibility that Lula accepted property and other favors from contractors in exchange for his influence in the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) administration of his successor President Dilma Rousseff.
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