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Tax campaigners condemn renewed punishment of Luxleaks whistleblowers

Added 15 Mar 2017
Brussels, March 15 2016. 

Eurodad (European Network on Debt and Development) has condemned the revised sentences handed down by a court in Luxembourg today [March 15] after the retrial of LuxLeaks whistleblowers Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet.

Although the new sentences (six months' suspended jail and a €1500 fine for Deltour and a €1000 fine for Halet) are less harsh than those imposed at the first trial, where the former PwC employees were sentenced to twelve and nine months’ suspended jail terms respectively, Eurodad still finds it unacceptable that whistleblowers who acted in the public interest will have to face punishment.

Journalist Edouard Perrin, who helped break the story, walked free after his original acquittal was confirmed.

“Corporate tax dodging is costing billions of euros every year,” said Eurodad’s Policy and Advocacy Manager for Tax Justice Tove Maria Ryding. “These whistleblowers deserve praise – not punishment. Although the Luxembourg court has reduced their sentences, the fact remains that they are being punished for acting in the public interest. This is deeply unacceptable.”

“The information revealed in the LuxLeaks scandal should never have been secret in the first place. Citizens should be allowed to know where multinational corporations do business and what they pay in taxes,” said Ryding. “We’re calling for protection of whistleblowers and for transparency around what multinational corporations pay in taxes. No one should have to go to trial for revealing that multinational corporations are dodging taxes.”

ENDS

For background information on the Luxleaks scandal go to ttps://www.icij.org/project/luxembourg-leaks

Photos of the whistleblowing campaign (English and French): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ivv7ohf74uwtgra/AADCgU_Infa9HjlrVy73ZZR9a?dl=0

Video of the whistleblowing campaign (English): https://youtu.be/oZIr5iBJpbI

Video of the whistleblowing campaign (French): https://youtu.be/a2e2AVCo3BY

Link to a proposal for a whistleblower directive from the EU Greens: http://www.greens-efa.eu/en/article/the-right-to-speak-out/

Eurodad media contact: Martin Atkin, Senior Communications Consultant: +44 (0)779 544 3607 / matkin@eurodad.org