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E-mails Show That Former Prosecutor Assisted JBS Before Leaving Office

09/12/2017 - 11h35

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LETÍCIA CASADO
REYNALDO TUROLLO JR.
FROM BRASÍLIA

E-mails exchanged between former prosecutor Marcello Miller and representatives from a law firm reveal that he was acting on behalf of meat packing giant JBS while he was still a member of the Prosecutor General's Office.

The messages were turned over to the Prosecutor General's Office (PGR) last Wednesday (the 6th) by law firm Trench Rossi Watanabe, as part of a request from the PGR for clarifications.

"Good evening, Esther. Will read this carefully. The contracting must be done with and addressed to JF Investments S/A and not JBS", wrote Silva to Flesch, under the subject "Compliance - Confidential and Privileged Communication".

There are at least 13 e-mail exchanges.

After being discharged by the PGR on the 5th of April of this year, Miller went to work for this law firm, which negotiated part of the leniency agreement with JBS.

Until mid-2016, Miller was an aide to Rodrigo Janot, the Prosecutor General in Brasília. After that, he returned to activities at the Prosecutor's Office in Rio de Janeiro until leaving his career at the PGR in April.

In one of the e-mails, from the 5th of March, lawyer Esther Flesch, a member of Trench Rossi Watanabe team at the time, forwarded a message to Miller that she had received from Francisco de Assis e Silva, legal director at JBS.

The lawyer forwarded the e-mail to Miller with the message: "For your information".

On the same day, Flesch had asked for Miller's opinion regarding the draft of a work proposal that was going to be sent to the legal director at JBS.

The draft said: "We have the great satisfaction of aiding JBS in risk assessment related to compliance issues for diverse matters, including anti-corruption issues. I will be the partner responsible for leading these efforts and will be including in my team other partner(s) or lawyer(s) as needed".

Translated by LLOYD HARDER

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