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Whistleblo­wers lose appeal in tax case

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LUXEMBOURG: One of two whistleblo­wers behind the so-called Luxleaks scandal that revealed tax breaks for multinatio­nal companies lost an appeal at Europe’s top rights court Tuesday against a conviction for sharing confidenti­al documents.

The LuxLeaks scandal erupted in 2014 and sparked a major global push against generous deals handed to multinatio­nal companies, which grew even stronger with new revelation­s such as the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers leaks.

Raphael Halet, a former employee of auditing company Pricewater­houseCoope­rs (PwC), was fined 1000 euros in Luxembourg over his role in sharing internal tax documents with a journalist.

He failed with an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) yesterday.

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