A São Paulo state judge on Monday declined to rule on a motion by prosecutors to indict former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, instead sending the case to a federal court with jurisdiction over a broad corruption investigation. Earlier this month, São Paulo state prosecutors sought to indict Lula for influence-peddling and money laundering. Monday, a state judge said the case should be incorporated into the broader corruption probe. Federal Judge Sérgio Moro will review the case. He will rule on whether to indict Lula and on whether to order the former President’s temporary arrest. Lula has denied all allegations. The ruling PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) will hold a series of nationwide rallies this coming Saturday in defense of Lula.
Link to government news agency releaseMore Testimonials