LuxLeaks: whistleblowers verdict ‘a scandal’ says War on Want

29 June 2016 - 2:15pm
Press release

Today (29 June) a Luxembourg Court handed whistleblowers Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet suspended prison sentences and fines for their role in exposing global companies' secret tax deals in Luxembourg.

Responding to the news, Vicki Hird, Director of Campaigns and Policy at War on Want, said:

"For too long the public have been in the dark when it comes to the shady tax affairs of big business, so it’s a scandal that the LuxLeaks whistleblowers should be punished for acting in the public interest and revealing the dodgy dealings of multinationals. This information should never have been secret in the first place.

"Criminalising whistleblowers when the public has a right to know where multinational corporations do business and what they pay in taxes is outrageous.  The real criminals are the multinationals who continue to deprive governments of vital funds to pay for public services. It’s high time multinationals were compelled to publicly report the profits they make and taxes they pay wherever they operate."

In November 2014 leaked documents exposed global companies' secret tax deals in Luxembourg, that continue to deprive rich and poor countries alike of billions.

The financial scandal, known as LuxLeaks, revealed the extent to which multinational companies were profiting from aggressive tax avoidance schemes and ‘sweetheart’ deals with the government.

 

Notes to editors

For more information and to arrange interviews, contact Ross Hemingway on +44 7983 550 728

LuxLeaks whistleblowers guitly, fined and sentenced https://euobserver.com/tickers/134111

LuxLeaks One Year On: Time to Blow the Whistle on Tax Dodgers http://www.waronwant.org/media/luxleaks-one-year-time-blow-whistle-tax-dodgers

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