BRASILIA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Brazil Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin ordered on Sunday the arrest of billionaire Joesley Batista, one of the owners of the world´s largest meatpackers, JBS SA, and one of his executives, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Fachin agreed to a request by Brazil’s Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot, who revoked benefits granted by a plea bargain deal struck by Batista and Ricardo Saud, a former director of holding company J&F Investimentos.
Press representatives for Batista and Saud declined to comment on Sunday. The Supreme Court did not have an immediate comment.
Janot revoked the privileges granted to Batista and Saud after they appeared to have recorded themselves discussing crimes not covered in the plea bargain. The taped conversation, made public by the Supreme Court, was inadvertently submitted to prosecutors with unrelated material last week.
After the recording was made public, J&F said in a statement that Batista and Saud had simply been discussing hypotheses in the conversation, not facts.
The Supreme Court Justice denied a request for the arrest of former prosecutor Marcelo Miller, who was accused by the prosecutor-general of helping the Batistas with their plea deal before leaving the Prosecutor´s Office in April to a private law firm. (Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Additional reporting by Tatiana Bautzer in Sao Paulo; Editing by Gareth Jones)