Brazilian justice minister urges inclusion of cyber crime into criminal code

17:36, June 30, 2011      

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Brazil needs to include cyber crime into its criminal code so that the country can properly punish perpetrators, Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said Wednesday.

"We can only investigate what poses as a crime according to Brazilian law. That is why we must improve our laws to face this problem," he said.

The minister noted that currently cyber crime cases are judged on the basis of other codes, adding that child pornography cases, for example, are punished according to the Children and Adolescents Statute, a comprehensive law which protects minors.

The government, he said, is preparing a bill on the matter and will submit for parliamentary approval.

"We need to hurry up with this, so that the federal police and the courts can repress this kind of practices," he said.

Cyber crime is on the rise in Brazil. The number of arrests related to online child pornography is increasing. Last week, several high-profile government websites were hacked.

Source: Xinhua
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