Keyword: whistleblower

Football Leaks whistleblower to stand trial on 90 charges and faces 25-year jail term

By and miguel prado (expresso)
Rui Pinto. © AFP Rui Pinto. © AFP

At a court appearance in Lisbon this month, Rui Pinto, 31, the Portuguese whistleblower behind Football Leaks, the largest ever exposé of documents and correspondence detailing widespread criminal behaviour in the world of professional football, ranging from fraud and tax evasion to match-fixing and political corruption, was ordered to stand trial on 90 charges related to his alleged hacking activities, when he will face a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail. Yann Philippin and Miguel Prado report.

Jailed Football Leaks whistleblower bites back at Portuguese prosecutors

By and l'EIC
Rui Pinto shortly before his March 2019 extradition to Portugal from Hungary. © YP Rui Pinto shortly before his March 2019 extradition to Portugal from Hungary. © YP

Rui Pinto, the Portuguese whistleblower behind the Football Leaks revelations of widespread criminality in the world of professional football, ranging from fraud and tax evasion to match-fixing and political corruption, has been held for more than six months in preventive detention in conditions of solitary confinement in a Lisbon jail. Accused of illegal hacking of documents and attempted extorsion, the 30-year-old faces trial for 147 alleged offences relating to his disclosures of illegal practices in the football business in Portugal. But in a defiant statement, Pinto has slammed the Portuguese prosecution services for ignoring the evidence of corruption he gave them, of protecting those behind it, and of transforming him into “a sort of political prisoner”.

Football Leaks: lawyer reveals Rui Pinto is whistleblower “John”

By Rafael Buschmann, Christoph Winterbach et Michael Wulzinger (Der Spiegel)
Paris-based lawyer William Bourdon. © Reuters Paris-based lawyer William Bourdon. © Reuters

William Bourdon, the lawyer representing Rui Pinto, who was arrested last week in Hungary at the demand of the Portuguese authorities, has confirmed that his client is “John”, the alias given to the key source behind the Football Leaks revelations that have rocked the world of professional football. The more than 70 million Football Leaks documents were the starting point for two series of investigations published by Mediapart and its partners in the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) media consortium, and which have revealed widespread corruption and fraud in the shadows of the “beautiful game”. In this in-depth interview with the EIC, Bourdon offers further detail about Pinto’s actions, and dismisses his presentation by the Portuguese media “simply as a hacker, whereas he is a significant whistleblower”.

French railways employee paid 5,000-euro monthly salary 'to stay at home'

Charles Simon demands compensation after his career was put on ice in 2003 when he was sidelined for revealing huge fraud in the company.

French court rules Swiss bank UBS bullied ex-employee

Stéphanie Gibaud said harassment got worse after she refused to destroy client documents that she said could be useful to a tax evasion probe.

HSBC whistleblower Falciani reveals how Swiss authorities tried to negotiate his silence

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Hervé Falciani. © Reuters Hervé Falciani. © Reuters

Hervé Falciani, the HSBC employee who exposed the existence of tens of thousands of tax evading accounts held at the bank in Geneva, is back in France where he will give evidence to MPs drawing up a new law on tax fraud. In an interview with Mediapart the former IT man, who was arrested in Spain last year pending possible extradition to Switzerland, has told Mediapart that the Swiss authorities tried to buy his silence with the offer of a non-custodial sentence. Valentine Oberti reports.