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Tax breaks whistleblowers appeal jail sentences in Luxembourg court

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Two whistleblowers and an investigative reporter at the heart of the “LuxLeaks” scandal return to court on Monday for leaking thousands of documents that exposed Luxembourg’s huge tax breaks for international firms. Protestors from across Europe are expected in Luxembourg as the three men begin their appeal against a verdict that saw two of the defendants receive jail sentences last June. The LuxLeaks scandal sparked a major global push against generous deals handed to multinationals that grew even stronger after the Panama Papers revelations earlier this year.

Protestors from across Europe are expected in Luxembourg as the three men begin their appeal against a verdict that saw two of the defendants receive jail sentences last June. The LuxLeaks scandal sparked a major global push against generous deals handed to multinationals that grew even stronger after the Panama Papers revelations earlier this year. Former PricewaterhouseCoopers employees Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet in June received 12-month and nine-month sentences, respectively, for passing on more than 30,000 documents to journalist Edouard Perrin.

The reporter was acquitted of all charges, but was added to the appeal after the Luxembourg prosecutor argued that his case was indelibly linked to the others. The re-trial, following an appeal by Deltour and Halet, is due to last from Monday until December 21. In his June ruling, Judge Marc Thill recognised the defendants’ “undeniable contribution […] to greater transparency” on tax matters. But the two Frenchmen were still found guilty, angering activists who have launched petitions and raised money for legal fees.

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