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Former Brazilian President Silva to Stand Trial

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva allegedly attempted to bribe a former director of the state-owned oil giant, Petrobras

Brazil Lula in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday., photo: AP/Felipe Dana
1 year ago

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian judge has accepted charges against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for allegedly obstructing the corruption probe at state-run oil giant Petrobras. The date of the trial has not yet been set.

The decision published on Friday names Silva and five others as co-conspirators in an alleged attempt to buy the silence of a former Petrobras director implicated in the scandal.

The obstruction-of-justice accusation against Silva comes from a plea bargain testimony by Sen. Delcídio do Amaral.

On Thursday, Silva’s lawyers filed a petition at the U.N. Human Rights Committee alleging a lack of impartiality and abuse of power by another judge investigating the Petrobras scandal.

Silva leads the polls for the 2018 presidential elections.

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