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  • 1. World eBusiness Law Report - Free speech/defamation Página 1 de 1 This printed article may not be photocopied and is for the exclusive use of Ms Erica Aoki. For a multi-user licence please contact Alan Mowat on +44 20 7234 0606. November 11 2003 • Brazil Aoki e Farias Advogados Associados Screen Version Court comes down hard on sender of defamatory emails The Fifth Circuit of the Third Regions Federal Court has sentenced businessman Ricardo Mansur to three years imprisonment and a fine of R116,OOO for sending defamatory emails about Bradesco, the largest bank in Brazil. The court based its decision on Article 3 of Law 7942/86, which deals with crimes against the national financial system. Mansur, the former owner of bankrupted chain of department stores Mappin and Mesbla, circulated defamatory emails falsely c1aiming that Bradesco was being sued for loss and damages valued at over R3 billion in the 29th Circuit Civil Court. In addition, the emails c1aimed that clients had begun to withdraw their money and that shares in the bank were falling. The police were able to demonstrate that the defamatory material was sent by Mansur by tracing the emails to a cyber cafe in London. The police went on to prove that Mansur was in London at the same time as the emails were sent, and was in fact living on the same street as the cyber cafe. The case is an encouraging example of (i) how courts are able to apply existing laws to crimes carried out using new technology, and (ii) the fact that the Brazilian police have the technical capability to investigate these sorts of crime. Erica Aoki, Aoki e Farias Advogados Associados, Sao Paulo"- © Copyright Globe Business Publishing 2003 Terms & Conditions -/ 00" J ohttp://www.worldebusinesslawreport.com/index.cfm?selectedpub=I.8&action=dsp_item...ll/11 /2003