RIO DE JANEIRO – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is now facing a fifth trial on corruption allegations.
The once wildly popular ex-president and eight other people will stand trial for alleged corruption and money laundering in a case involving his relationship with mega-construction company Odebrecht.
Federal judge Sergio Moro says prosecutors have produced enough evidence to justify a trial over allegations that bribes paid by Odebrecht were used in the purchase of two estates linked to the former president.
Silva has denied that he or his institute owns either of the two properties involved in the case.
The former president's wife, Marisa Leticia, and former Finance Minister Antonio Palocci are also charged under Monday's ruling.
Silva was president from 2003-2011. Polls show him as front-runner for the 2018 presidential election.