Two ex- PricewaterhouseCoopers staffers were found guilty in Luxembourg of stealing confidential tax files that helped unleash a global scandal over generous fiscal deals for hundreds of international companies.
Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet face suspended sentences of 12 months and 9 months and were ordered to pay fines of €1,500 (£1,230) and €1,000 (£822) for their role in the so-called LuxLeaks scandal. Despite the minimal sentences, the ruling was described by Deltour’s lawyer as “shocking” and “a terrible anomaly.”
The ruling “puts on guard future whistle-blowers,” Deltour told reporters.
“It sends out a message that if you see billions of euros” handled “in a doubtful fiscal manner, the court invites you to close your eyes and above all, not to talk to anyone.”
While global attention has now switched to the mass leak of documents known as the Panama Papers, Luxembourg is still picking up the pieces after LuxLeaks hit the