September 11, 2017 / 9:15 PM / 10 months ago

Brazil court suspends part of leniency deal for JBS holding firm

BRASILIA, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A Brazilian federal court has partially suspended a leniency deal between J&F Investimentos SA, the holding company with which the billionaire Batista family controls meatpacker JBS SA, J&F attorney Igor Tamasaukas said on Monday.

Tamasaukas told Reuters the ruling opened executives to criminal prosecution and would allow the group’s employees to reveal further crimes.

On Sunday, former JBS Chairman Joesley Batista surrendered to police for allegedly concealing crimes from prosecutors as part of a plea bargain in which he confessed to bribing over 1,800 politicians. Brazil’s top prosecutor said the alleged omissions threatened Batista’s criminal plea bargain, but he had not publicly challenged the company’s leniency accord. (Reporting by Ricardo Brito)

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