LISBON – Portuguese prosecutors on Thursday brought more than 100 charges against a man who allegedly accessed and published confidential documents belonging to leading soccer clubs and officials.
Rui Pinto, believed to be the mastermind behind Football Leaks, was detained in Hungary in January on a European arrest warrant issued by Portuguese authorities on suspicion of extortion and secrecy violations.
The 30-year-old Pinto was extradited to Portugal in March and has been in custody in a Lisbon jail since.
Prosecutors said in a statement they had brought a total of 147 charges against Pinto, mostly related to alleged crimes of unauthorised access to data, attempted extortion and violation of correspondence.
Prosecutors said Pinto created Football leaks in 2015 to share confidential documents of national and international organisations, both public and private, including leading Portuguese soccer club Sporting Lisbon.