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The case of Raphaël Halet

LuxLeaks: referral of Halet’s case accepted by the ECHR



The European Court of Human Rights will once again examine the LuxLeaks case. (Photo: Edouard Olszewski/archives)

The European Court of Human Rights will once again examine the LuxLeaks case. (Photo: Edouard Olszewski/archives)

After the ECHR had ruled that freedom of expression had not been violated in his conviction including a fine of €1,000, Raphaël Halet requested that his case be referred to the Grand Chamber. This request has just been accepted and a new hearing will take place.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Monday approved Raphaël Halet's request for a new hearing. The Frenchman, employed by PwC Luxembourg, had disclosed to a journalist internal documents of the consultancy firm. This put into the spotlight the extent to which large multinationals in Luxembourg were benefiting from ruling practices, resulting in the so-called "LuxLeaks" case.

He was fined €1,000 and invoked Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, regarding the freedom of expression, thus bringing the case before the ECHR. However, on 30 March, the ECHR concluded that there had been no violation of Halet’s freedom of expression. On 18 June, he requested the referral of his case to the Grand Chamber, which has just been accepted by its panel of five judges.

It was Antoine Deltour who had provided documents to the journalist who was preparing a report for "Cash Investigation”. The Court of Cassation recognised him as a full whistleblower, granting him protection by case law of the European Court of Human rights.