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Former Aide to Brazilian President to Face Corruption Charges

Brazil's Supreme Court has indicted a former top aide to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on corruption charges.

In a unanimous vote, justices decided to put Jose Dirceu on trial for his alleged involvement in a political bribery scheme to support the ruling Workers Party. His lawyer has described the allegations as "total fiction."

Several other former Workers Party members have also been indicted in the alleged scheme in 2003 and 2004.

The scandal broke more than two years ago and threatened to derail President da Silva's re-election bid in 2006. The party has apologized for the scandal and blamed it on rogue aides.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.