Former Brazilian president to stand trial over plundering
Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva must stand trial for corruption, a judge ruled Tuesday, AFP reported.
The decision came after prosecutors accused the popular leftist of masterminding the large-scale plundering of state oil company Petrobras.
Sergio Mora, the judge behind the Petrobras investigation, accepted charges filed last week by prosecutors investigating Lula
- making him the highest-profile figure to face trial in a case that has taken down some of the country's most powerful business executives and politicians."Given that there is sufficient evidence of (Lula's) responsibility... I accept the charges,"
Moro said in his decision.
The charges allege that Lula received the equivalent of 3.7 million reais ($1.1 million) in bribes.
Among the accusations are charges that the former union leader and his wife received a beachside apartment and upgrades to the property from a major construction company, OAS, which was one of the players in the Petrobras scheme.
More broadly, prosecutors last week singled out Lula as the scheme's "supreme commander."