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Halet to get hearing in Strasbourg



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The European Court of Human Rights will hear an appeal by one of the Luxleaks defendants. Library picture: Raphaël Halet seen inside Luxembourg’s central courthouse during his trial, May 2016. Photo credit: Sven Becker 

The European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, has accepted the appeal of Raphaël Halet, the Luxleaks whistleblower.

Halet, along with Antoine Deltour, was convicted in 2016 of stealing confidential documents from their former employer, the consulting firm PWC, in 2012.

Halet was given a 9-month suspended sentence, later overturned by a Luxembourg appeals court, and fined €1,000. PWC was awarded symbolic losses of €1.

Halet has claimed that he should not have been prosecuted as both men were whistleblowers.

News of the ECHR case was announced by the support group Raphaël Halet lanceur d’alerte #LuxLeaks (Raphaël Halet Luxleaks whistleblower) on its social media accounts on Monday.

On Twitter, the advocacy group stated:

“Raphaël Halet’s request to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against #Luxembourg has been accepted! Today [in the Luxleaks affair] it is Luxembourg that is in the dock! We’re not giving up on anything!”

On the outfit’s Facebook page, Hallet said that Luxembourg:

“has to answer for the violation of the freedom of expression of a French citizen, a whistleblower.

“It’s a big step since 2012 and the beginning of the fight against tax evasion”.

As of Tuesday morning, the case was not listed in the ECHR’s online database.

A PWC representative told Delano the firm had “no comment”.


Updated 13 February at 11am with PWC response.