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Hungary: Portuguese Football Leaks suspect appears in court on extortion charges01:24

Hungary: Portuguese Football Leaks suspect appears in court on extortion charges

Hungary, Budapest
January 18, 2019 at 19:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Suspected Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto was brought to a court in Budapest on Friday, charged with qualified extortion and the violation of secrecy, among other crimes.

Pinto, 30, is accused of being behind the Football Leaks whistleblowing website, which reportedly published around 70 million documents and over 3.4 terabytes of data on behind-the-scenes finances and dealings of major football teams, managers and players across Europe.

Pinto was arrested in the Hungarian capital with electronic equipment, reports claim, having denied that he was behind revelations regarding Jose Mourinho's tax arrangements, Manchester City's financial fairplay and David Beckham's emails.

The hacker, who has since admitted his part in the football leaks, was put on house arrest pending the outcome of his European Arrest Warrant.

Pinto is defended by an international team of lawyers both in France and Portugal, including French lawyer William Bourdon who in the past has also represented Edward Snowden and who in a written statement described his client as a "great European whistleblower".

Since 2016, the journalism network European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) published numerous articles based on documents leaked by the platform Football Leaks, exposing alleged tax evasion in the football world, notably by Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as allegations that UEFA had helped Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City get around the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules that are meant to regulate clubs' spending.

Hungary: Portuguese Football Leaks suspect appears in court on extortion charges01:24
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Suspected Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto was brought to a court in Budapest on Friday, charged with qualified extortion and the violation of secrecy, among other crimes.

Pinto, 30, is accused of being behind the Football Leaks whistleblowing website, which reportedly published around 70 million documents and over 3.4 terabytes of data on behind-the-scenes finances and dealings of major football teams, managers and players across Europe.

Pinto was arrested in the Hungarian capital with electronic equipment, reports claim, having denied that he was behind revelations regarding Jose Mourinho's tax arrangements, Manchester City's financial fairplay and David Beckham's emails.

The hacker, who has since admitted his part in the football leaks, was put on house arrest pending the outcome of his European Arrest Warrant.

Pinto is defended by an international team of lawyers both in France and Portugal, including French lawyer William Bourdon who in the past has also represented Edward Snowden and who in a written statement described his client as a "great European whistleblower".

Since 2016, the journalism network European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) published numerous articles based on documents leaked by the platform Football Leaks, exposing alleged tax evasion in the football world, notably by Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as allegations that UEFA had helped Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City get around the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules that are meant to regulate clubs' spending.