RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Federal Prosecution Service on
Monday announced that it would move to close the operation of U.S.-based web
group Google in the country.
According to the public entity, Google has not followed court orders,
determining the company to cooperate with the investigation on crimes concerning
its social-networking service Orkut since June. Google has denied the charges.
Orkut has become a favorite among Brazilians, especially youngsters.
However, the Federal Court believes that there are communities and personal
profiles on Orkut, who exchange information on drugs and even traffic them.
On Tuesday, Federal prosecutors will request the local Federal Court to
issue an injunction, determining Google to provide information on Orkut members
who use web pages and profiles to commit crimes. Also, prosecutors will demand
Google's Brazilian branch, located in Sao Paulo, to be shut down, in case the
corporation does not abide by the terms of the injunction.
The Prosecution Service will also ask the court to set a high fee to be
paid by the company as penalty, for not following successive court orders. The
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