Sao Paulo: Prosecutors in Sao Paulo state have filed money laundering charges against former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is accused of hiding his alleged ownership of a seafront penthouse in the city of Guaruja.
File photo of Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Reuters
Silva has denied he owns the apartment, which belongs to constructor OAS. It is one of the biggest targets of a separate corruption investigation that focuses on state-run oil giant Petrobras.
The charges filed on Wednesday against Silva still need to be accepted by a judge.
In a statement, Silva said that investigators "are not unbiased." He still has not been heard by the state investigators in the case.
The decision comes days before an anti-government protest on Sunday, and five days after Silva was held for questioning and his home raided by the police.