Despite being under questioning for a different charge: helping construction company Odebrecht obtain billion-dollar contracts across Latin America, former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva could once again face questioning over links to Brazil’s Operation Carwash corruption probe, according to El Globo.
Da Silva is accused of being involved in a network of bribes exchanged between the politician and construction workers while completing contracts for state oil firm Petrobras.
Brazilian authorities believe that Da Silva “could have benefited from the scheme.”
Da Silva’s involvement is under discussion by other Brazilian congressmen, “everything points to Lula having extensive knowledge of the illegal operations which were being carried out in the company, as other witness statements presented as part of the Operation Carwash trial have shown.”
Petrobas ex-CEO Nestor Ceverró also revealed that the company, along with Odebrecht, invested 4 million real ($1 million) into Lula’s 2006 presidential campaign fund, 180 graus reports.
Da Silva joins current President Dilma Rousseff in being accused of involvement in Operation Carwash, the largest business scandal rocking the country to date.
Current estimates place the total embezzled by the state at around $3.8 billion, the majority by Petrobras.
Da Silva’s ex-right-hand man between 2003 and 2005, José Dirceu, was arrested last month, charged with racketeering and money laundering.
The politician, who was in office from 2003 to 2011, has denied any wrongdoing, the Guardian writes.