SAO PAULO – Brazilian federal
police raided the home of billionaire Joesley Batista, who
surrendered to authorities the previous day after losing
immunity from prosecution amid a corruption scandal, two people
familiar with the situation said on Monday.
Federal Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin gave the nod to
the raids, which included the São Paulo headquarters of J&F
Investimentos SA, the police said in a statement. J&F is the
company through which Batista and his older brother Wesley
control JBS SA, the world’s No. 1 meatpacker.
Another raid was conducted at the Rio de Janeiro home of
Marcelo Miller, a former federal prosecutor who allegedly helped
Batista craft a May plea bargain deal, said the sources who
requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The scandal has shocked Brazil’s business and political
establishment on top of an ongoing three-year corruption probe.
The brothers confessed to bribing scores of politicians in their
May plea bargain testimony, allowing them to avoid prosecution.
Among the evidence they provided to prosecutors was a
recording of Brazilian President Michel Temer allegedly
endorsing hush payments to a possible witness in a graft probe.
Temer has repeatedly denied the accusations.
Representatives for J&F and Miller declined to confirm the
raids. A lawyer for Batista did not take calls seeking comment.- Reuters