UPDATE 2-Amaral's plea deal points finger at Brazil's Rousseff, Lula

martes 15 de marzo de 2016 12:39 GYT

(Adds details of accusations from plea testimony, no comment from education minister)

By Maria Carolina Marcello

BRASILIA, March 15 (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it had accepted a plea agreement offered by prosecutors to Senator Delcídio do Amaral, a legislative ally of President Dilma Rousseff until he was arrested last year in a far-reaching corruption scandal.

A copy of Amaral's testimony for the plea, obtained by Reuters, confirmed leaks to Brazilian media in recent weeks that the senator told prosecutors that both Rousseff and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had been aware of corruption at state-run energy company Petroleo Brasileiro SA.

Both Rousseff and Lula have denied any wrongdoing.

The allegations in the plea underscore the reach of a scandal that has ensnared dozens of top political and corporate leaders in Latin America's biggest country, and now threatens to topple Rousseff's administration, which is struggling with an economic recession and impeachment proceedings in Congress.

The charges, among many detailed for the plea in Amaral's four days of testimony in February, have not been proven and must still be heard by the court. Because the case involves senior elected leaders, by law it must go before the country's highest judges.

Neither Amaral nor his attorney were immediately available for comment.

Amaral, according to the testimony, told prosecutors that Rousseff tried to intervene to get prosecutors to release defendants they had jailed in the scandal.   Continuación...