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File photo: Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reviews the honor guard during a reception ceremony at Havana's Revolution Palace January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut/File Photo


SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors said on Monday they had charged former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Marcelo Odebrecht, ex-CEO of engineering group Odebrecht SA, with corruption related to contracts in Angola.

Lula is facing several other charges related to a sweeping kickback probe at state-run oil company Petrobras. The new charges say Lula used his influence while in office to secure financing from Brazil's development bank for Odebrecht projects in Angola - and that Odebrecht in return paid 30 million reais ($9.31 million) in kickbacks to Lula and others.

($1 = 3.22 reais)

(Reporting by Brad Brooks; Editing by Andrew Hay)


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