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    Brazil’s Lula Rejects Corruption Trial as ‘Farce’

    It’s being called Brazil’s “trial of the century.” Riot police and protesters gathered outside the Curitiba courthouse where former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been put on trial in a monumental corruption case that’s captured the country’s imagination. Lula, 71, told Judge Sergio Moro that the charges against him — that a construction company bribed him with a beachside apartment — are “illegitimate.” If he’s not sent to prison, Lula says he’ll run for president next year, and polls indicate that if the election were held today, he’d win.

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