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Former Brazilian president Lula to stand trial on obstruction charges
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Former Brazilian president Lula to stand trial on obstruction charges

by firstsource newsJuly 29, 2016

Judge says sufficient evidence exists that Workers’ party conspired with politicians and businessmen to buy silence of former Petrobras official

A week before hosts the Olympic Games, a judge has ratcheted up political tensions in the country by ordering former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to stand trial on charges of obstructing justice during a vast corruption investigation at the state-owned oil company, Petrobras.

The court case against the Workers’ party founder – who in 2009 helped to win the Olympic bid for Rio de Janeiro – is likely to cast a shadow over the sporting spectacle and adds to a wave of problems engulfing the country, including a political crisis, the worst recession in decades, pollution fears and the Zika epidemic.

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