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Brazil's former president Lula to stand trial on charges related to the Petrobras scandal

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Brazil's former president Lula to stand trial on charges related to the Petrobras scandal

<p>Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is to stand trial on obstruction of justice charges related to the Petrobras corruption scandal.</p> <p>Lula is one of seven accused of hindering the probe into the controversy.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva to stand trial on obstruction charges <a href="https://t.co/QiGOvQxIpQ">https://t.co/QiGOvQxIpQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/EtiissbslP">pic.twitter.com/EtiissbslP</a></p>— Global Issues Web (@globalissuesweb) <a href="https://twitter.com/globalissuesweb/status/759136020545679360">July 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Car_Wash">Operation Car Wash began as a money laundering investigation, but prosecutors uncovered a maze of corruption at the state run oil company</a>.</p> <p>Lula and his co-accused are charged with attempting to prevent former Petrobras director Nestor Cervero from testifying in a plea bargain deal.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brazil's Corruption Probe Likely to Expand to Other Petrobras… <a href="https://t.co/tV2Jl4eOtc">https://t.co/tV2Jl4eOtc</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZjgmmIk8Wn">pic.twitter.com/ZjgmmIk8Wn</a></p>— Particle News (@ParticleBiz) <a href="https://twitter.com/ParticleBiz/status/737926310886940672">June 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Cervero has been jailed as the mastermind of the scam, estimated to have cost the company some $2bn.</p> <p>Lula, who held office from 2003 to 2011 has denied any wrongdoing.</p>