The session is scheduled for 2:30 pm, at the Central Criminal Court in Lisbon, with the collective chaired by judge Margarida Alves communicating the decision on the 90 crimes imputed to the creator of the electronic platform that, in 2015, shook national and international football, by revealing numerous confidential documents on player contracts and transfers between clubs, businessmen and investment funds.

It was still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, on September 4, 2020, that the trial began at the Campus da Justiça, marked by the validity of health rules, strong security measures and the attention given by the media in different countries to a case triggered by complaints filed by Sporting and the Doyen fund in 2015.

Many dozens of sessions later and with numerous media figures testifying in the courtroom, it only remains to know what the court's decision was and the possible impact of the law of amnesty and pardon of sentences approved in the context of the visit of Pope Francis to Portugal. Now 34 years old, Rui Pinto was under 30 years old at the time of the facts imputed to him, so the presiding judge considered that he was covered by the diploma.

Underlining that "some crimes for which Rui Pinto responds in court will be excluded from such amnesty", namely attempted extortion and those that fall under cybercrime, the magistrate pointed out in a July order for the possible application of amnesty to the 68 crimes of undue access and the 14 of violation of correspondence, which together represent 82 of the 90 crimes attributed to the main defendant in the case.

Rui Pinto was considered by some as a hacker and by others as a whistleblower who acted in the name of the public interest. However, at the end of the final arguments, in January of this year, he admitted his regret: “I will not say that my life is destroyed, because I am still alive and while there is life, there is hope... But I behaved wrongly and violated the law. Nowadays I have a conscience that I didn’t have years ago.”