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Interpol may issue "red notice" calling for Brazilian ex-billionaire Batista's arrest

Interpol may issue "red notice" calling for Brazilian ex-billionaire Batista's arrestBatista, Brazil's richest man just five years ago, seems to have left the country on a German passport on Tuesday night and will be considered a fugitive if he does not surrender soon to authorities, police investigator Tacio Muzzi told reporters, Reuters reports.

Brazilian police are seeking the arrest of fallen commodities tycoon Eike Batista as part of a vast political bribery probe.

Representatives for Batista confirmed that he was outside of Brazil, citing professional obligations. They said he had offered to cooperate with investigations and would soon present himself to authorities, without commenting on allegations of criminal behaviour.

Globo TV reported late on Thursday that Batista would fly back from the United States to Brazil on Friday, citing his lawyers.

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Police said they believe Batista and eight others facing detention orders on Thursday took part in a $100 million money laundering ring tied to kickbacks on lucrative contracts in a scheme centred on state-run oil firm Petrobras.

"We can't categorically affirm that there was an intention to flee," said Muzzi. Globo TV reported he had arrived in New York.

Brazilian police asked Interpol to issue an international "red notice" calling for Batista's arrest, according to a police media representative.
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