Rui Pinto Sentenced to Suspended Sentence for Multiple Crimes: An Overview of the Case

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Rui Pinto was sentenced to a four-year suspended sentence for committing nine crimes. The reading of the ruling takes place this Monday at the Justice Campus, in Lisbon, at the culmination of a process that lasted around three years. Rui Pinto was accused of 90 crimes: 68 of improper access, 14 of violation of correspondence and six of illegitimate access. He was also accused of computer sabotage of Sporting’s SAD and attempted extortion from the Doyen company.

The court has already proven the attempted extortion of Doyen, an investment fund linked to the world of football.

He was also convicted of five crimes of illegitimate access and three crimes of tampering with correspondence.

The hacker was accused of 90 crimes but ended up benefiting, in some of them, from the amnesty law approved in connection with Pope Francis’ visit to Portugal on the occasion of World Youth Day.

Rui Pinto was accused of violating correspondence from entities such as Sporting, Doyen, the PLMJ law firm, the Portuguese Football Federation and the Attorney General’s Office.

Rui Pinto was, at the time of the events, less than 30 years old. Currently 34 years old, he was pardoned for 79 crimes: 68 of improper access and 11 crimes of tampering with correspondence.

Lawyer Aníbal Pinto was convicted of the only crime he was accused of: attempted extortion, which earned him a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Rui Pinto’s lawyer admitted he was satisfied with the fact that the judges recognized the public service provided by the hacker.

Upon leaving the court, Francisco Teixeira da Mota also assessed as positive the fact that there was no conviction with effective imprisonment. He recognizes that there was this risk in legal terms, but considers that collaboration with the authorities was “taken into account” when making this decision.

In turn, lawyer João Medeiros, one of those targeted in this process, says that any compensation he receives will be delivered to the IPO’s pediatric wing. “I don’t want any money from this gentleman,” he stated.

As he leaves court, he says that there is no monetary value that can compensate for what he went through. “The compensation, for what I went through, there is no money at stake,” he added.

Asked by journalists about the consequences of the mail violation, João Medeiros gave an example: “Imagine that they took your mailbox and disclosed all your sources. From there, think about what the consequences would be for your professional life,” he replied.

2023-09-11 16:17:38
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