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Lula: "I felt like a prisoner"

Saturday, March 05, 2016 - 00:37

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks out after being detained for questioning in a federal investigation of a bribery and money laundering scheme. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was briefly detained for questioning on Friday in a federal investigation of a vast corruption scheme, fanning a political crisis that threatens to topple his successor, President Dilma Rousseff. Lula's questioning in police custody was the highest profile development in a two-year-old graft probe centered on the state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, which has has rocked Brazil's political and business establishment and deepened the worst recession in decades in Latin America's biggest economy. The investigation threatens to tarnish the legacy of Brazil's most powerful politician, whose humble roots and anti-poverty programs made him a folk hero, by putting a legal spotlight on how his left-leaning Workers' Party consolidated its position since rising to power 13 years ago. Police picked up Lula at his home on the outskirts of Sao Paulo and released him after three hours of questioning. They said evidence suggested Lula had received illicit benefits from kickbacks at the oil company, Petrobras, in the form of payments and luxury real estate.

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Lula: "I felt like a prisoner"

Saturday, March 05, 2016 - 00:37