Former Brazilian leader Lula to face fifth corruption trial

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will face a fifth corruption trial, a judge ruled on Monday, as charges pile up against the man seen as a front-runner to win the 2018 presidential election.

Judge Sergio Moro, who has overseen the bulk of Brazil’s biggest graft probe into a long-standing kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, ruled that Lula, his wife Marisa and seven others will stand trial.

The latest case involves the acquisition of land that was to be used for the Lula Institute, the 71-year-old leftist politician’s think tank, along with an apartment in a Sao Paulo suburb.

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