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Former Brazilian President Silva to stand trial

FILE - In this June 6, 2016, file photo, Brazil's Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks at a rally in defense of public companies and against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lawyers for the ex-President have filed a petition on Thursday, July 28, 2016, with the U.N. denouncing what they call a lack of impartiality and abuse of power by the judge investigating the corruption scandal at state-owned oil company Petrobras. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

FILE - In this June 6, 2016, file photo, Brazil's Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks at a rally in defense of public companies and against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lawyers for the ex-President have filed a petition on Thursday, July 28, 2016, with the U.N. denouncing what they call a lack of impartiality and abuse of power by the judge investigating the corruption scandal at state-owned oil company Petrobras. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Brazilian judge has accepted charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for allegedly obstructing the corruption probe at state-run oil giant Petrobras. The date of the trial has not yet been set.

The decision published on Friday names Silva and five others as co-conspirators in an alleged attempt to buy the silence of a former Petrobras director implicated in the scandal.

The obstruction-of-justice accusation against Silva comes from a plea bargain testimony by Sen. Delcidio do Amaral.

On Thursday, Silva's lawyers filed a petition at the U.N. Human Rights Committee alleging a lack of impartiality and abuse of power by another judge investigating the Petrobras scandal.

Silva leads the polls for the 2018 presidential elections.