Brazil’s ex-president Lula to stand trial for corruption


From Reuters, by Brad Brooks

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives to a news conference with international media in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 28, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

SAO PAULO – Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will stand trial on corruption charges, a crusading federal judge ruled on Tuesday, adding more turbulence to the country’s political landscape.

Judge Sergio Moro said that Lula, who served as president from 2003-11 and has for two decades been an iconic and powerful political force in Brazil, will face charges of accepting 3.7 million Brazilian reais ($1.14 million) in bribes connected to a sweeping kickback probe at state-run oil company Petrobras.

Moro wrote in his ruling that according to the prosecutors’ charges, Lula was a “direct beneficiary” of bribes from OAS SA [OAS.UL], one of the engineering and construction firms at the center of the graft scandal, and therefore…

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