The Intercept published reporting on President’s wife that was censured by Brazilian judge

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At the request of the Brazilian President in exercise, Brasilia’s Justice Department censored a Folha report on an attempted extortion suffered by First Lady Marcela Temer last year. An injunction granted by Judge Hilmar Castelo Branco Raposo Filho, of the 21st Civil Court in Brasilia, prevents Folha from publishing information about an attempt by a hacker to blackmail her last year.

The petition was signed by attorney Gustavo do Vale Rocha, Deputy Chief Legal Officer of the Civil House, on behalf of Marcela. The request mentions also the newspaper O Globo, whose website published a report on the subject shortly after Folha. The text was posted on the Sheet website at 6:45 pm on Friday (10). The lawsuit was filed at 5:47 pm, according to a court record in Brasilia. The Sheet was served on the decision at 9:05 am on Monday (13). On the website of the newspaper, the text was deleted after notification.

According to the judge, the grounds presented by the first lady’s defense are “relevant and supported in proper evidence”. The inviolability of intimacy has clear legal protection says the office. I defend the request for anticipation of the effects of the guardianship to determine that the defendants refrain from giving publicity to any of the data and information obtained in the cellular apparatus of the author. This under penalty of fine in the amount of R$ 50,000.00 says the judge.

The Intercept Homepage.The hacker Silvonei de Jesus Souza was sentenced in October to 5 years and 10 months in prison for estelionato and extortion and is serving a sentence in Tremembé (SP).

Souza uses an audio from Marcela’s cell phone cloned by him to blackmail the first lady and mentions the name of President Michel Temer. All contents of a cell phone and email accounts of Marcela Temer were stolen by the hacker.

The report of Folha had access to information made public by the Court of Justice of São Paulo.

The processes are as follows: 0000057-20.2017.8.26.0520, 0036961-28.2016.8.26.0050, 0036960-43.2016.8.26.0050 and 0032415-27.2016.8.26.0050. Any lawyer or person registered on the court website can access the records.

The lawyer of the Civil House says that the action to prevent the publication of information about the first lady “serves to avoid irreparable damage to the author, who, if her intimacy is unduly exposed by the media, who are again confused Information in violation of the privacy of a public person. ”

He requests that, in case the data has been published, it is “immediately removed from the site and any printed editions collected”, “Under penalty of a fine of R$ 500,000.00 for access on the website and edition sold”, says the request of the lawyer.

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Joe Conno
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.