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President Temer Admits He Used Private Jet in 2011

06/08/2017 - 11h50

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GUSTAVO URIBE
REYNALDO TUROLLO JR.
BRUNO BOGHOSSIAN
FROM BRASÍLIA

After he denied using the private jet of businessman Joesley Batista, one of the owners of JBS, the world's biggest meatpacking company, to travel to Bahia in 2011, President Temer changed his version on Wednesday, June 7, and said that he used a private plane to take his family to Comandatuba, on the coast of Bahia.

In his testimony to the country's Attorney General's Office, Batista said that the president and his wife, Marcela Temer, traveled on a plane lent by him when Temer was still vice president.

The presence of Temer and the first lady was registered in the jet's logbook and later disclosed by "O Antagonista" website and also verified by Folha. The document is likely to be included by the Attorney General's Office in the procedure records against Temer.

In May, Brazil's Attorney General, Rodrigo Janot, filed a request to begin investigation procedures against President Temer for the crimes of obstructing justice, official misconduct and criminal organization regarding the plea bargains of JBS executives.

The trip was not registered in the president's official agenda. In a statement, the federal government confirmed the flight. Even so, it says that Temer "did not know who the airplane belong to."

A report given by Joesley Batista contradicts the president. Batista said Temer himself called him to thank for the flowers sent to decorate the airplane cabin.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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