Batista brothers free to resume control of JBS

The JBS Food Canada Inc. facility in Brooks, Alberta Friday, July 19, 2013. (Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald)

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Brazil’s Supreme Court is allowing the Batista brothers back in control of the company that owns JBS, the largest meat-packing company in the world.

The brothers confessed to bribing thousands of Brazilian politicians and officials to obtain billions of dollars in loans to buy meat-packing companies across North America, including the former XL Packers plant at Brooks, Alta.

The judge ruled that Joesley and Wesley Batista have been complying with terms of an agreement they reached with the government in 2017 to pay billions in fines spread over 25 years rather than go through criminal courts and be imprisoned.

They can now resume their positions at the top of J&F Holding.