Brazil’s top federal prosecutor on Tuesday night asked the nation’s Supreme Court to hand down an indictment against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Chief Federal Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot said evidence points to the former President’s role in alleged obstruction of justice in connection with a sweeping investigation into government corruption. Under Brazilian law, a former chief executive can only be indicted by a Supreme Court order. Janot also asked the court’s permission to open an investigation into possible obstruction of justice charges against incumbent President Dilma Rousseff. The court is expected to rule on Janot’s motions within a few days. An indictment against Lula would effectively bar him from holding or running for public office.
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