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Brazil's embattled Lula declares innocence

Embattled former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva insisted Tuesday that he played no role in Brazil's huge corruption scandal, accusing his opponents of damaging Brazil's democracy. Lula, who faces three corruption-related court cases that could sink his hopes of returning to power in 2018 presidential elections, wrote in Folha de Sao Paulo that he was the victim of "political persecution.
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