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28 April, 2016

Luxembourg puts whistleblowers on trial for ruining its tax haven

Luxembourg is trying to throw two French whistleblowers and a journalist in prison for their role in the “LuxLeaks” exposé that revealed the tiny country’s outsized role in enabling corporate tax avoidance.

The trial of Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, two former employees of the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and journalist Edouard Perrin began Tuesday.

Deltour and Halet were charged in connection with theft of PwC documents. Perrin is charged as an accomplice for steering Halet toward documents that he considered of particular interest.

Perrin, a reporter with Premières Lignes Television in Paris, produced the first LuxLeaks reporting. PwC documents were later obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and, together with records from other accounting giants, formed the basis for the 2014 “LuxLeaks” series involving over 80 journalists across the world.

Among the many prominent supporters of the defendants, France’s Finance Minister Michel Sapin told the French parliament Tuesday that Deltour was “defending the general interest” and that he “would like to offer him all our solidarity.” Almost 175,000 people have signed a petition in support of Deltour.

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Things can become even worse concerning other cases like LuxLeaks, through which it has been revealed that Luxemburg was - and still is - a tax haven at the expense of the rest of the European "partners". That's because in this case, not only there is nothing illegal, but the mechanism of the tax evasion was orchestrated and legislated by the state of Luxemburg. Besides, this is the reason for which the whistleblower Antoine Deltour, as well as, Edouard Perrin, the journalist who published LuxLeaks scandal, are going to trial next week in the Large Dukedom of Jean-Claude Juncker.

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