Prosecutors in Brazil have filed charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, his wife and six others over a corruption scandal involving the state-run oil giant Petrobras.

Lula was charged directly by federal prosecutors on Wednesday, GloboNews TV said.

Lula could face arrest for allegedly receiving a luxury apartment on the coast of Sao Paulo from one of the engineering and construction firms at the centre of the bribery scandal.

He has denied ownership of the three-floor condo in the city of Guaruja.

Federal police urged prosecutors last month to bring charges against Lula and his wife, accusing them of receiving more than $700,000 in benefits from the builder OAS in relation to the apartment.

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Lula, a former union leader who was a two-term president from 2003 to 2010, has separately been indicted by a court in Brasilia for obstruction of justice in a case related to an attempt to persuade a defendant in the Petrobras scandal not to turn state's witness.

Lula's fall, and that of the leftist party he founded in 1980, has been dramatic.

Last month, his protege and successor as president, Dilma Rousseff, was removed from office in an impeachment trial.

Source: Reuters