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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

, photo: AP/Felipe Dana

29 of July 2016 14:15:50

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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