RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO May 18 Brazilian
police on Thursday searched an apartment owned by Senator Aecio
Neves as well as his and other lawmakers' offices as part of a
corruption probe, a police source told Reuters.
Newspaper O Globo had said on Wednesday that Neves, the PSDB
party leader who lost the 2014 presidential election to Dilma
Rousseff, was filmed soliciting 2 million reais ($638,000) from
Joesley Batista, chairman of meatpacking company JBS SA
As part of plea bargain testimony, Batista also taped
current President Michel Temer approving a plan to pay a
potential witness to remain silent in the country's biggest-ever
graft probe, the newspaper said.
Images broadcast by the Globo News television station on
Thursday showed police entering a beachfront apartment, as well
as searching offices in Congress belonging to Neves and two
lawmakers from the ruling PMDB party.
Brazil's Supreme Court ruled that Neves be suspended from
the Senate due to the allegations, the source said.
A media representative said police would release an official
statement "as soon as possible." Representatives for the Supreme
Court and a lawyer representing Neves could not be immediately
reached for comment.
($1 = 3.13 reais)
(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Bruno Federowski;
Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)