Lula ordered to appear at Federal Court in Paraná

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was ordered Thursday (Nov. 17) to attend the Federal Court of Paraná, in Curitiba, on November 21, 23 and 25. He was summonsed by the Federal Court of Sao Paulo, his city of residence, at the request of Federal Judge Sergio Moro, the lower court judge in charge of the Operation Car Wash taskforce that investigates the Petrobrás corruption scandal and its tentacles.

Lula is a defendant in one of one of the criminal cases that branched out from the Car Wash scandal, and must appear at hearings of 12 prosecution witnesses, including former Petrobras directors Nestor Cerveró and Paulo Roberto Costa, who entered plea bargaining agreements, black market currency dealer Abbas Youssef, and José Carlos Bumlai, the rancher who is a friend of former president Lula's.

Lula's wife Marisa Letícia and Lula Institute President Paul Okamotto are also defendants in the same criminal case, and were ordered to appear at the hearings.

Translated by Mani Baral

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