Brazil: Former Petrobras executive: Lula knew about massive corruption scheme

Author(s): Ricardo Brito | Date: May 5, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/li6jl2 | Type: Text

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had “complete knowledge” of the massive political kickback scheme that centered on contracts at state-run oil firm Petrobras, a former top executive testified on Friday.
Former Petrobras (PETR4.SA) engineering and services director Renato Duque, testifying in the first of five corruption trials Lula faces, told a federal judge that Lula had “command” of the scheme.
But Duque, convicted on corruption charges in four separate trials for taking bribes in the Petrobras scheme and sentenced to more than 56 years in prison, emphasized during his testimony that he was seeking a plea-bargin deal that would reduce his time in prison.