A Brazilian court says it has fined Google around $200,000 for refusing to intercept emails needed in a corruption investigation at state-run oil company Petrobras.
The federal court in the southern state of Parana said in a statement Monday that Google eventually did share the emails with Brazilian police several months ago but had to pay the fine for initially refusing to comply with the judicial order.
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The Mountain View, California-based company had insisted it could only hand over the messages if the Brazilian and United States governments made a joint request.
A spokeswoman for Google confirmed the company "obeys judicial orders in Brazil" but declined to comment further.
The emails in question were sent by a money changer under investigation in a money laundering scheme at Petrobras.