Luxleaks Whistleblowers' Sentences Reduced
Friday, March 17, 2017
The whistleblowers at the center of the so-called Luxleaks scandal have had
their sentences reduced by a court in Luxembourg.
Earlier this year, Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet were given suspended jail
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
Both men were also ordered to pay fines of EUR1,500 (USD1,600) 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.
On March 15, a Luxembourg appeal court halved Deltour's suspended sentence
to six months, while Halet's suspended sentence lifted.
However, the appeal court ruled that the criminal convictions against the two
men should stand, and ordered them to pay the fines meted out by the lower court.
The ruling has disappointed transparency campaigners, who were hoping that
the appeal court would quash the convictions.
ActionAid UK Head of Advocacy Charlie Matthews said: "The EU and UK should
act to boost tax transparency by compelling companies to reveal how much tax
they pay in every country where they do business."