José Dirceu re-arrested in connection with Petrobras scandal
Dirceu is suspected of having benefited from money diversion scandal at Petrobras
The Brazilian Federal Police arrested former minister José Dirceu on Monday. Dirceu was one of the most influential men in the government of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who had been convicted of corruption back in 2005, for his alleged involvement in irregularities in Petrobras.
Dirceu was sentenced to ten years and eleven months in prison by the scandal of kickbacks uncovered in the first term of Lula and now, as confirmed by the police, was arrested because of suspicions that he benefited from the diversion of money occurred in the oil state company Petrobras.
The former MP, who was Minister of the Presidency between 2003 and 2005, was arrested at his residence in Brasilia, where he had been serving a six month house arrest sentence after spending a year and a half in prison.