By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Executives from Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS told federal prosecutors that the company paid politicians like current Senate President, Eunicio Oliveira and former Foreign Relations Minister and current Senator Jose Serra, to obtain benefits in legislation passed by Congress.

According to the executives, Oliveira received R$5 million to make changes in a legislative decree issued by the executive which could potentially jeopardize the properties of J&F, JBS’s parent holding company, if approved. Oliveira was the sponsor of the decree.

“We went to the Finance and Planning Ministries, I . . .

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