Luxembourg court frees whistleblower

Luxembourg court frees whistleblower

PwC sought jail for its employees and a fine for journalist who spilled beans on tax avoidance.

On May 15 the Luxembourg Court of Appeal finally set aside PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employee Antoine Deltour’s 2016 theft conviction for having leaked the international audit firm’s client files – 28,000 pages of tax files – that precipitated the so-called LuxLeaks scandal.

The court found that in terms of European Union laws, he was protected from prosecution as he qualified as a legitimate whistleblower in the public interest.

The document leak exposed the shocking extent of tax avoidance practices in Luxembourg used by scores of major multinational corporations to avoid tax and precipitated an EU-wide scandal in 2014.

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