Jose Dirceu, the former chief of staff for Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was ordered to stand trial in a bribery scandal that shook Lula's government.
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Dircea and other former cabinet members to answer corruption charges that involve bribes allegedly being paid to opposition members to support government legislation.
Dirceu, who was considered Lula's right hand until his 2005 resignation, was accused of operating a complex criminal organization that bought the votes of legislators with both private and public money.
Corruption scandals have tainted Lula's government. The president has denied involvement and won re-election last year, but they have led to lengthy investigations and defeats of key legislation sought by his government.
A total of 37 people were ordered to face charges Monday. The others include top leaders of Lula's Workers' Party and legislators from parties allied with the Workers' Party.
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