Toffoli Backs down and Revokes Ruling that Gave Him Access to Sensitive Financial Data from 600,000 People

STF President points out that did not register to verify financial reports


Supreme Court Chief Justice Dias Toffoli revoked the ruling that the former Coaf (Financial Activities Control Board) should send him copies of all financial intelligence reports (RIFs) made in the past three years.

Toffoli's  October 25 decision was revealed by Folha last Thursday (14).

Brazil STF President, José Antonio Dias Toffoli. (Xinhua/Lucio Tavora) (lt) (mm) (ah)

The COAF, now renamed the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), sent the minister a key to its electronic system so that he could consult 19,441 RIFs drafted from October 2016 to October 2019.

The FIU has warned of confidential information involving about 600,000 individuals and legal entities. Toffoli's justification was to understand how reports were made and transmitted to investigative authorities, such as the prosecutor.

Last Friday (15), the Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, asked the magistrate to revoke the decision. On the same day, Toffoli denied the request and requested new data from the FIU.

Then, however, he backed off. "In light of the satisfactory information provided by the FIU, in response to the request of this court, on 11/15/19, I make the decision ineffective on 10/25/19, a copy of the Financial Intelligence Reports (RIFs) ), issued in the last three years," Toffoli said in a new ruling on Monday.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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