The Public Ministry (MP) opposed the release of Rui Pinto, who was justified by Judge Margarida Alves with the “continuous and consistent collaboration” with the Judiciary Police and the “critical sense” of the creator of the Football Leaks platform.
“The defendant's continuous and consistent collaboration with the Judiciary Police, both in the context of the present case file and, more recently, in the scope of other investigations, demonstrate the assumption of a critical sense in relation to the facts for which it is pronounced, which makes it considerably decrease , in our view, the precautionary requirements that were imposed in the present case, ”says the court order issued today, which determines the release of Rui Pinto, to which the Lusa agency had access.
The president of the panel of judges who will judge Rui Pinto for 90 crimes also says that the behavior shown in recent months "shows that there is no circumstance" in article 204 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (danger of escape, danger to conservation or veracity of the evidence, danger of continuing criminal activity or serious disturbance of public order and tranquility), which were the basis for the application of the deprivation measures that deprive freedom that Rui Pinto has been subjected to today.
The defendant, who had been under house arrest since April 08 of this year and banned from accessing the Internet, will be released, but "subject to the requirement of weekly periodic presentations to the police authority".
The change in the coercion measure and the consequent release of Rui Pinto was opposed by the Public Ministry.
Prosecutor Marta Viegas, who will be the public prosecutor present at the Rui Pinto trial, scheduled to start on September 04, at the Justice Campus, in Lisbon, spoke out against the release required by the defendant's defense, arguing for “ maintenance ”of the measure of coercion of permanence in housing, with a ban on accessing the Internet and devices that allow it.
“Having analyzed the records, it appears that the elements of fact and law that governed the choice for the application and maintenance of those enforcement measures have not changed. In fact, the arguments adduced by the defendant regarding collaboration with the Justice, had already been expounded previously and it was on the basis of them (collaboration of the defendant) that the application of the enforcement measures was determined, underlined the prosecutor of the MP, in the position in the order.