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

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 chaotic political landscape.

Judge Sergio Moro said that Lula, who served as president from 2003-11 and has been an iconic and powerful political force in Brazil for two decades, will be judged for allegedly accepting 3.7 million reais ($1.11 million) in bribes connected to a sweeping kickback probe at state-run oil company Petrobras.

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