Court acquits 38 defendants in pirate TV case

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The Coimbra court has decided to acquit the 38 defendants involved in the case of the illegal television boxes, considering that the only crime for which they could have been convicted expired two months ago.

The panel of judges decided to acquit an electrician from Figueira da Foz accused of installing illegal television boxes, as well as the 37 alleged customers of this allegedly illegitimate service, noting that at no time has it been proven that the main defendant had received anything. of the activity.

With regard to the 37 alleged customers of the service, the Court of Coimbra considered that it was not a crime of illegitimate access, since it was not understood that any defendant managed to enter the computer system of the NOS operator.

With regard to the main defendant, the Coimbra court found that he could not be sentenced for any of the 37 computer fraud offenses with which he was charged, since there was no evidence that the devices created by him (which would be completely “handmade ”) reduced or modified telecommunications services.

As for the 38 crimes of manufacturing and selling illicit devices, it has also not been proven that the accused claimed any financial compensation.

The Coimbra court also dismissed NOS’s claim for compensation, finding that “it has not been demonstrated” that the operator suffered damage, as it has not been proven that any of the defendants would have concluded a contract with NOS if it had not installed the system planned by the main defendant.

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