Antoine Deltour’s trial will take place in Luxembourg from April 26th to May 4th
The Panama Papers recent publication has confirmed the major role played by offshore finance in diverting our democracies’ tax incomes. These revelations follow the LuxLeaks ones from November 2014, which would not have come out without Antoine Deltour’s crucial role. These revelations have led to a worldwide awareness raising on these issues. They have spurred the European institutions to follow up recently with measures towards more transparency and tax justice. Antoine Deltour’s support committee hopes his trial will also provide an opportunity to move towards an increased protection of whistleblowers, recognising their status as citizens acting for the general interest.
Courage Acting Director Sarah Harrison said,
Whilst publications like the Panama Papers and LuxLeaks releases get international news coverage, we must remember and support the brave people who take risks to make this information public. Without information, we have no chance at holding the powerful accountable. Antoine Detour should be protected and celebrated for bringing such important evidence of wrongdoing to light.
As soon as the trial starts, support committee members will actively remind the various signs of support received by Antoine: through the commitment of the 100 000 signatories of the petition, through the support of more than 280 French and international leading figures, through the more than 50 international civil society organizations which have expressed their gratefulness for Antoine’s altruistic action. Antoine has declared that he is “split between looking forwards to finally having the trial start and some apprehension over its conclusions.” He feels “boosted by the various signs of public support, as well as by the concrete consequences of the revelations.” According to Antoine, “the recent advancements towards fighting tax abuses confirm the general interest of [his] action.”
Over the whole period of the trial, the support committee will be present in Luxembourg to civilly remind those following it that the charges against Antoine are politically unfair and ethically unacceptable. Antoine worked from 2008 to 2010 as a junior financial auditor in the Luxembourg subsidiary of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), before quitting. He acknowledged having copied, during his notice period, hundreds of tax rulings between the Luxembourg tax authorities and multinational companies in view of reducing their taxes, sometimes towards less than 1% of their profit.
The LuxLeaks affair’s chronology is available on the support committee’s website.