'My life is still at risk' says Football Leaks whistleblower Rui Pinto ahead of trial

By L’EIC and la rédaction de Mediapart

Rui Pinto, the whistleblower behind the Football Leaks revelations of corruption and fraud that have rocked the world of professional football, is to stand trial in Portugal on September 4th. The 31-year-old faces 90 charges which carry up to 25 years in prison. But after reaching a cooperation agreement with Portuguese authorities, he is now in a witness protection scheme. Der Spiegel magazine, Mediapart’s partner in the European Investigative Collaborations network which jointly published the Football Leaks investigations, has met with Pinto ahead of his trial.

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Rui Pinto, the whistleblower behind the Football Leaks revelations of widespread corruption and fraud within the world of professional football, is to stand trial next week in the Portuguese capital Lisbon where he will face 90 charges relating to alleged computer hacking, violation of private correspondence and attempted blackmail which together carry a possible jail term of 25 years.