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.
“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!”
La requête de Raphaël HALET à la Cour Européenne des Droits de l'Homme (CEDH) contre le #Luxembourg a été acceptée! Aujourd'hui #Luxleaks c'est donc le Luxembourg qui est sur le banc des accusés ! On ne lâche rien!