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Luxleaks Whistleblower To Fight Conviction

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

11 April 2017

Antoine Deltour, one of the whistleblowers at the center of the Luxleaks affair, has announced that he intends to continue the legal campaign to clear his name.

Last year, Deltour was given a 12-month suspended jail sentence and a EUR1,500 fine for his part in passing to the media thousands of documents detailing private tax rulings between multinational companies and the Luxembourg tax authority. In March 2017, the suspended sentence was reduced by a half by an appeal court in Luxembourg.

However, in a press release issued by his support group, Deltour said that the legal argument on which his conviction is base is "highly questionable."

Deltour takes issue with the prosecution case that he failed to demonstrate at the time he removed the relevant documents that he was doing so with the intention of alerting the authorities.

He also believes that many of the facts of the case have been repeatedly misinterpreted by the courts, and that the basis of his conviction is "by no means a criterion fixed by well-established case-law of the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights).

"I therefore consider that this decision is not characteristic of a fair decision and it would not be consistent for me not to avail myself of the remedies available to me under the law. I consider that European law is absolutely on my side," Deltour said.

He added that despite the length of legal proceedings, his actions would encourage other potential whistleblowers to come forward.

"So I decided, surrounded by many supporters and citizens, that this judicial struggle deserves to be conducted," he concluded.

TAGS: court | tax | law | Luxembourg | tax authority | Europe

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