Brazil’s Ex-Billionaire Eike Batista Returns to Rio and Sent to Jail

Accused of paying US$16.5 million to ex-governor Sergio Cabral in bribes, executive sits in jail cell with others accused in Lava Jato corruption scandal.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Former Brazilian billionaire, Eike Batista, handed himself over to authorities on Monday, after arriving in Rio de Janeiro’s International Airport. Batista had been in New York when his arrest warrant was issued, and returned on his own recognizance.

He now is in a small cell with four other inmates, accused of being part of a money laundering in the Lava Jato (Carwash) corruption scandal.

“I am at the disposal of the justice system. As a Brazilian, I am fulfilling my duty, I am returning,” said Batista to GloboTV before . . .

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