September 11, 2017 / 11:15 AM / 10 months ago

Brazil police raid billionaire's home amid scandal, G1 says

SAO PAULO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Brazilian federal police on Monday carried out a raid and search operation at the home of billionaire Joesley Batista, who surrendered to authorities the previous day after losing immunity from prosecution amid a corruption scandal, news website G1 said.

The police also raided the São Paulo-based headquarters of J&F Investimentos SA, through which Batista and a brother of his control JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker, G1 said.

A raid was also conducted at the Rio de Janeiro home of Marcelo Miller, a former federal prosecutor who allegedly helped Batista craft a May plea bargain deal, it added.

Batista turned himself in to the police on Sunday, after his detention was approved by a Federal Supreme Court justice. He and a J&F executive, Ricardo Saud, had recorded themselves discussing crimes not covered in their plea bargain.

Press representatives for the police, J&F and Miller did not confirm the raids. A lawyer for Batista did not take calls on early Monday morning. (Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by W Simon)

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