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Article 233º CPP – Private letters.

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Art. 233. Private letters, intercepted or obtained by criminal means, will not be admitted in court.
Single paragraph. The letters may be displayed in court by the respective addressee, for the defense of their right, even if there is no consent from the signatory.

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Inviolability of correspondence, telegraphy, data and telephone communications:  See this same subheading under the heading Inviolability of correspondence, telegraphy and telephone communications , in comments on article 157.

The inviolability of correspondence and telegraphic communications:  See this same subheading under the heading  Inviolability of correspondence, telegraphy and telephone communications in the comments to  Article 157 .

E-mails:  They are not considered correspondence, and may be used as evidence provided that they are obtained with prior judicial authorization.

Criminal protection of correspondence:  The  Penal Code, in its articles 151, 152 and 153 , criminally protects correspondence.  Article 151:  “ Unduely delve into the content of closed correspondence, addressed to others: Penalty – detention, from one to six months, or a fine.”  Article 152: “Abusing the status of partner or employee of a commercial or industrial establishment to, in whole or in part, divert, evade, subtract or suppress correspondence, or reveal its content to a stranger: Penalty – detention, from three months to two years”. Article 153: “Divulging someone, without just cause, the content of a private document or confidential correspondence, which he is the addressee or holder of, and whose disclosure could cause harm to others: Penalty – detention, from one to six months, or a fine”.


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