May 18, 2017 / 4:19 PM / 10 months ago

Brazil Supreme Court justice approves plea-bargain deal by JBS executives: source

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Thursday approved the plea-bargain testimony of two brothers who run the meatpacking giant JBS SA (JBSS3.SA), whose explosive allegations of corruption by President Michel Temer threaten to force the leader from office.

    A source with direct knowledge of the decision said that Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin approved the testimony of JBS Chairman Joesley Batista and its Chief Executive Wesley Batista.

    Joesley Batista reportedly recorded a conversation he had with Temer in March in which the president purportedly agreed to bribe a powerful witness in the nation’s sprawling anti-graft investigation known as “Operation Car Wash.” Temer denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

    Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Writing by Brad Brooks; Editing by W Simon

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