Brazilian prosecutors bring new charges against ex-president

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(AP) Brazilian prosecutors say they’ve brought new charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, drawing him further into the scandal over a series of probes of corruption involving Brazil’s political and economic elite.

Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds his hand over his eyes as he weeps during an hour-long news conference, while speaking on the corruption charges he is facing, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, September 15, 2016. (Photo: AP)
Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds his hand over his eyes as he weeps during an hour-long news conference, while speaking on the corruption charges he is facing, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, September 15, 2016. (Photo: AP)

Prosecutors say Silva interfered in a state-run development bank to assure financing for a small firm owned by a nephew of his late first wife.

The charges include corruption, money laundering, trafficking of influence and criminal organization.

Ten other people are also charged, including executives of Brazil’s largest construction company, Odebrecht.

 Silva has denied any wrongdoing.

A judge last month ruled that Silva must stand trial on money laundering and corruption charges involving company-financed improvements at a beachfront apartment. He says he’s never owned the apartment.

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