#LuxLeaks trial: Antoine Deltour appeals to higher court
Apr 7, 2017 — Antoine Deltour has decided to appeal before the Court of Cassation, following his conviction on March 15!
He announced his decision on April 5, 2017 in Épinal, in front of the members of his support committee gathered for its general annual meeting.
The judgment of the Luxembourg Court of Appeal sentenced Antoine for theft while acquitting him for disclosure of professional secrecy, recognizing him as a whistleblower. The legal argument used by the court is highly questionable: allegedly, Antoine could not demonstrate that, when he took the documents, he intended to blow the whistle on the massive tax evasion beneficing multinational companies.
“The Luxembourg Court of Appeal distorted the facts: in the judgment, some statements were misrepresented, some concrete evidence was not taken into account and even what I said during the hearings was turned to its exact opposite!” Antoine says. He concludes: “I therefore consider that this judicial decision does not correspond to the features of a fair decision; I would not be consistent if I would not go for appeal, as permitted by the law. European law is fully on my side.”
A judicial victory could reinforce the still young and fragile whistleblower status. To date, more than 500 organizations and personalities, as well as more than 212,000 citizens expressed their support to Antoine and to a real whistleblowers’ protection as well as more tax justice. The judicial struggle will still last for several more months, but we trust that his supporters will remain ready to continue the fight by his side.
During the General annual meeting of his support committee, Antoine thanked with emotion his many supporters, close ones or unknown, without whom he would not have been able to make this courageous decision.
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