The man behind football's biggest news leak came from Hungary, where he has been living since 2015. In Portugal he faces a ten-year prison sentence.
The Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto, the main artisan of the "Football Leaks", exploding revelations on the floor of the football business, landed in Lisbon, where the Portuguese judiciary claims. On his arrival on Thursday, March 21, the young man was to be taken to the Jury's office before being heard by a coroner within 48 hours to subject him to judicial review.
Rui Pinto lived in Budapest since 2015. He had tried to contradict his extradition, but the Hungarian court approved the appeal on 14 March. This man is portrayed by his lawyers as a "very important European whistleblower" thanks to which the prosecution has opened investigations into suspected abuses in football in several countries. Football Leaks is still the biggest information leak on the stage behind football.
The 30-year-old self-taught is suspected of accessing the computer systems of the Sporting Portugal Club and the Dean investment fund. Then Dean had demanded the payment of a sum of 500,000 to 1
These revelations led to several lawsuits
The hacker, who used the pseudonym "John", since 2015 hacked millions of files for this purpose, revealing behind the scenes of a football industry "dishonest" , From 2016, he transferred these documents to a European media consortium, European Investigative Collaborations, the end of 2016 and last November mechanisms of tax evasion, suspected fraud and suspected corruption with the participation of star players and club leaders.
Numerous cases attributed to him, such as the tax problems of Cristiano Ronaldo in connection with his move to Real Madrid, the ethnic affiliation to the PSG or the tolerance granted by UEFA alleged sprains of Paris SG and Manchester City on financial fair play. These revelations led to the opening of legal proceedings in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
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The French National Financial Prosecutor (PNF), with whom Rui Pinto had entered into cooperation at the end of 2018, particularly appreciated that the hacker had admitted "important developments" the tax evasion investigation he had initiated ,
"No confidence in the Portuguese authorities"
During his trial in Hungary, Rui Pinto accused Portugal of seeking silence and preventing investigations from submitting new documents to the judicial authorities of several European countries. "I have no confidence in the Portuguese authorities, they have a biased attitude towards football" he said. "It is in their interest that something bad happen to me directly or indirectly." .
The pirate claims to have been the subject of "many death threats" But the Budapest court ruled that his "personal safety" was "guaranteed" in Portugal was. On the sidelines of the hearing, he said, in late January, his French attorney William Bourdon "unthinkable" ruled that the European authorities "millions of euros (…) thanks to financial sanctions against persons in "Football Leaks" were accused. "