September 12, 2017 / 1:24 AM / 10 months ago

CORRECTED-Brazil judge suspends aspects of J&F leniency pending Batista plea bargain

(Corrects first paragraph to clarify that judge’s ruling affects criminal aspects of leniency agreement, not entire accord)

BRASILIA, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge on Monday suspended criminal aspects of a leniency accord for J&F Investimentos SA, the holding company with which the billionaire Batista family controls meatpacker JBS SA, according to a court document.

Federal Judge Vallisney de Souza Oliveira ruled that the agreement protecting J&F from fallout from its owners’ plea bargain in a corruption case should not take effect in his jurisdiction until the Supreme Court rules on whether to uphold that plea deal. (Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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