Antoine Deltour: LuxLeaks whistleblower speaks out
Antoine Deltour, one of the two whistleblowers at the centre of the LuxLeaks scandal, said that he had “mixed feelings” after his conviction for leaking confidential information was upheld, but his sentence was reduced.
“There was a lot of support outside the court. It is a partial victory that for the first time in Europe that a national judge
The Frenchman also revealed to International Tax Review that he is considering appealing the decision.
“I need time to read carefully the judgment and then I will make a decision,” he said. “The last possibility [is] to contest the
Despite the fact that he was convicted, Deltour is optimistic that his case will have a positive impact and bring greater tax transparency in the future.
“It’s a step forward to whistleblowers in Europe, as my lawyer said it is the first time a European judge
“Unfortunately, the first trial and the appeal trial gave a lot of attention to the messenger and not to the message, which is about tax competition in Europe and how it is more or a little more transparent thanks to the leak. Tax competition is more intense than ever with the decreasing corporate tax rates everywhere in Europe and I think that is having consequences on budgets and public policing.”
“Today’s decision is a recognition of my role in this story,” he added.