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Campaigners from 20 countries will travel to Luxembourg to support LuxLeaks 'heroes'

Added 09 Dec 2016
***Press Conference Monday 12 December***
12.30pm - 1pm (in English); 1pm - 1.30pm (in French)
Venue: Novotel Luxembourg Centre, 35 Rue du Laboratoire, 1911 Luxembourg.



More than one hundred campaigners from 20 countries across Europe will be in Luxembourg to call for the protection of whistleblowers when the men who exposed the LuxLeaks scandal appear in court again next week.

On 12 December, former PWC employees Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, and journalist Edouard Perrin, will return to court after the verdicts of their initial trial earlier this year were appealed.

Activists from across Europe will demonstrate outside the court to show their support for the defendants. They will call on governments across the EU to protect whistleblowers and make multinational companies publish where they do business and what they pay in tax.

Tove Ryding, Tax justice Coordinator at the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad), said:

These three men have the support of people from numerous countries across Europe who will all gather to show their support for their actions. The original sentences of Mr Deltour and Mr Halet were a total disgrace, and we want this injustice to stop. You shouldn’t have to go to court for exposing the fact that that multinational corporations are dodging taxes.

“These men deserve praise, not punishment. The information revealed in the LuxLeaks scandal should never have been secret in the first place, and has been praised by many political leaders.”


In 2014, all three men helped expose the secret sweetheart deals signed by the Luxembourg government that allowed numerous multinational corporations to reduce their tax bills dramatically, in some cases to less than 1%.

ENDS

* Press Conference: 12.30pm - 1pm (in English); 1pm - 1.30pm (in French)
Venue: Novotel Luxembourg Centre, 35 Rue du Laboratoire, 1911 Luxembourg.

* 1.45pm - 3.30pm: Speeches and Actions outside the court.

Media contact: Julia Ravenscroft, Communications Manager at Eurodad, on +32 486 356 814 or jravenscroft@eurodad.org.


Notes to Editors

About the trial: On 23 June 2016, a court in Luxembourg sentenced both Antoine Deltour to a 12 month suspended prison sentence and a €1500 fine, and Raphaël Halet to a nine month suspended prison sentence and a €1000 fine. Both have appealed their convictions. The journalist Edouard Perrin was acquitted, but the decision was appealed by the public prosecutor in Luxembourg. At the start of the trial, prosecutors asked for 18-month prison sentences for both whistleblowers and a fine for Perrin.

The Luxleaks revelations: Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet were former employees of ‘Big Four’ accountancy firm PwC who exposed hundreds of secret Luxembourg tax rulings – also known as ‘sweetheart-deals’, which were brokered by PwC and allowed corporations to avoid taxes in the billion Euro scale. In total, the revelations, which became known as LuxLeaks, brought to light the secret tax arrangements of 340 corporations, which enabled them to lower their tax payments, in some cases to less than 1%. 

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