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Joesley Batista surrenders to authorities in JBS scandal

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Staff Writer | September 11, 2017
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.
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Brazil   Federal police raided the home of billionaire Batista
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, two people familiar with the situation said on Monday, Reuters reported.

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.

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.