Luxembourg wages war on whistleblowers


Exposing misdeeds by some of the world’s most powerful people invariably general powerful blowback, and that’s especially true when the leakers reveal the nefarious dealings of their hirelings.

In the latest case of legal revenge, the targets of ire are corporate hirelings whose consciences overpowered the normal ethos of their trade.

Consider the case of two accountants who exposed shenanigans in one of the world’s leading tax havens.

From Deutsche Welle:

Prosecutors in Luxembourg said on Tuesday they wanted harsher sentences handed down to two former employees embroiled in the much-publicized LuxLeaks scandal.

“The prosecutor has decided to appeal the verdict,” an unnamed spokeswoman for the Luxembourg judiciary said. The case would be resumed as soon as possible, she added.

The LuxLeaks case, in which information was leaked by exployees of accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), exposed the generous tax deal secured by major corporations.

The revelations were doubly embarrassing since they showed that many of the tax deals were cut during the premiership of Jean-Claude Juncker, now head of the European Commission.

The employees who were convicted were Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet. They were given suspended 12-month and nine-month jail terms, respectively. Journalist Edouard Perrin, who reported on the exposed documents for France 2 television, was acquitted of all charges following the trial that ended in June.

2 responses to “Luxembourg wages war on whistleblowers

  1. I guess in this day and age, the truth shall set you in jail. Orwell is here.

  2. Pingback: Citizens, not serfs

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