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LuxLeaks whistleblowers verdict - Oxfam reaction

Posted by Meg Pruce Press Officer

15th Mar 2017

Responding to the verdict in the retrial of the LuxLeaks whistleblowers, Max Lawson, Oxfam's Inequality Policy Lead said:

 "Whistleblowers who expose tax dodging should be praised, not punished.   Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet acted in the public interest - exposing corporate tax cheats who are depriving countries across Europe and the globe of millions in tax revenue.  This money is desperately needed to pay for doctors, teachers and care workers."  

"Governments must provide protection for whistleblowers who act in the public interest but they should not rely on them to police our tax systems.  Governments should insist that all multinational companies publish financial information for every country where they operate so that it's clear if they are paying their fair share of tax."

ENDS

Notes to editors:
Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet's sentences have been reduced as a result of the retrial. Deltour has received a suspended 6-month jail sentence and a fine of €1,500. Halet is sentenced to a fine of €1,000 . The journalist Édouard Perrin is acquitted.

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For more information, please contact: Meg Pruce, mpruce1@oxfam.org.uk +44 (0) 7824 824359

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