A sign indicates the courtroom where the LuxLeaks trial is being heard this week
(Photo: Sven Becker )
The defense in the “LuxLeaks” trial attempted to show that the release of private corporate tax documents were a legitimate act of whistleblowing and the revelations were for the public good during the third day of proceedings.
On Thursday, the Deltour’s defence called his current boss, Bertrand Kauffmann, the deputy regional director of Insee, France’s official statistics agency. Deltour has worked at its branch in Nancy since 2011. Kauffmann said Deltour was “straight, honest, very conscientious”.
Then Sven Giegold took the stand. The German Green MEP served on the European Parliament’s “TAXE” committee, which investigated the LuxLeaks revelations. He said that numerous European and Luxembourg reports had noted deficiencies in the exchange of information between tax authorities since 1990s. It was the LuxLeaks cache that was a “game changer” and finally sparked action last year.
Tove Maria Ryding, of the Tax Justice Network Europe and Eurodad, two advocacy groups, stated that: “LuxLeaks gave us the chance to see how tax systems actually work and the fiscal impact of corporate taxation on other countries.”
On Friday, Guy Heintz, director of Luxembourg Inland Revenue (ACD), is expected to testify on Tuesday.