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Prosecutor-general says JBS plea bargain deal may be canceled

  • 04/09/2017 20h02publicação
  • Brasílialocalização
André Richter reports from Agência Brasil

Brasília - O procurador-geral da República, Rodrigo Janot, durante reunião do Conselho Superior do Ministério Público Federal para analisar proposta de orçamento para 2018 (Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil)

Brazilian Prosecutor-General Rodrigo JanotMarcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil

Brazilian Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot announced he initiated investigations into the omission of information in the negotiations of plea bargain deals with JBS executives. If omissions are proved to have taken place, the deal may be made null. The announcement was made this Monday (Sep 4).

The issue was raised after suspicions arose among federal prosecutors that executive Joesley Batista and other people who agreed to plea bargain deals, linked to the JBS, refrained from disclosing information to the authorities.

Plea bargain

Despite the possibility of canceling the deal with JBS, Janot advocated the use of plea bargain deals as a tool to be used as part of an investigation. In his view, if the JBS were found to be guilty of any wrongdoing, they must be punished for it, but that “does not discredit plea bargain deals as an institute.”

Translated by Fabrício Ferreira

Edited by: Nádia Franco / Olga Bardawil