Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is thrown into the spotlight of a federal corruption investigation, threatening to undermine the very values that made him a folk hero. Gavino Garay reports.
Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva is the highest profile name to be ensnared in the Petrobras corruption scandal. He was detained for questioning on Friday over money laundering allegations in a federal investigation involving state oil company Petrobras. Police say Lula was one of the beneficiaries of illicit cash kickbacks from the oil company used to finance his Workers Party campaigns. But Lula denies any wrongdoing, and says such allegations have reinvigorated the Workers Party that helped bring him to power 13 years ago. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA, SAYING: "What happened today, although it offended and hurt me because I did not need this, I felt like I was treated like a prisoner... If they wanted to kill the snake, they hit it on the tail and not on the head. This snake is alive and kicking as it always has been." Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who has also been implicated in the scandal and repeatedly denied wrongdoing, calls Lula's questioning unnecessary. And while other lawmakers and executives have been implicated... the detention of one of Brazil's most powerful politicians threatens to tarnish the image of a man who's humble roots and anti-poverty programs made him a folk hero.