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Court Hears Luxleaks Whistleblowers' Appeals

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

15 December 2016


A court in Luxembourg is hearing an appeal into the sentences issued to two former PwC employees at the center of the so-called Luxleaks exposé.

Earlier this year, Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet were given suspended sentences by the court for their role in passing to the media thousands of documents detailing private tax rulings between multinational companies and the Luxembourg tax authority.

Both men were also ordered to pay fines of EUR1,500 (USD1,587) and EUR1,000, respectively, but a third defendant, French Journalist Edouard Perrin, who made the initial LuxLeak revelations on French television, was acquitted of all charges.

According to Transparency International, while the First Instance Court acknowledged that the disclosures of the so-called LuxLeaks whistleblowers were in the public interest and led to greater tax transparency, the scope of Luxembourg's whistleblower protection law is limited to corruption, influence peddling, and unlawful conflicts of interest.

However, Deltour and Halet are now appealing against their suspended sentences in a new trial, which began on December 12.

Perrin has also been ordered by the court to join the appeal, with the Luxembourg authorities looking to overturn his acquittal.

The hearing is expected to last until December 21.

TAGS: court | tax | tax avoidance | interest | law | employees | Luxembourg | tax authority

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