HSBC whistleblower defends tax leak as he fights extradition
12 Sep 2018

A whistleblower fighting extradition to Switzerland for leaking details of thousands of clients of HSBC’s (HSBA.L) private bank there said on Tuesday his actions had played a key role in helping other European countries uncover tax frauds.

Spain’s High Court is considering Switzerland’s second extradition request against Herve Falciani, a French citizen who worked for HSBC, over alleged industrial sabotage in 2008.

Hailed as a hero by some for triggering investigations in several countries, Swiss courts sentenced Falciani in absentia to five years in jail for leaking details of HSBC clients, many of whom he said he suspected were evading tax.

Spanish courts and anti-corruption prosecutors have played a key role in investigations in other European countries by passing on information that originated from Falciani.

“I want to recognise the institutions with which I have been able to collaborate… and this is why this court has played a fundamental role in helping several European judicial authorities,” Falciani told Spain’s High Court.

France, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Argentina launched investigations based on the information leaked by Falciani, but Swiss authorities insist the data was stolen and therefore legally inadmissible.

– By Belen Carreno, Reuters, 11 September 20118.

Link go Reuters.

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