A second whistleblower involved in the "LuxLeaks" affair has announced that he intends to continue appealing against his criminal conviction.
Raphael Halet confirmed that he would seek to continue fighting the case, in
a communique published on April 12.
Halet said that by continuing with the legal action, he hoped to score a victory
for tax transparency and if necessary would take the fight to the European Court
of Human Rights.
Last year, Halet and fellow whistleblower Antoine Deltour were given suspended
jail sentences by a Luxembourg court for their role in passing to the media
thousands of documents detailing private tax rulings between multinational companies
and the Luxembourg tax authority. Both men were also ordered to pay fines of
EUR1,500 (USD1,600) and EUR1,000, respectively.
On March 15, 2017, a Luxembourg appeal court halved Deltour's suspended sentence
to six months, while Halet's suspended sentence was lifted. However, the appeal
court ruled that the criminal convictions against the two men should stand and
ordered them to pay their respective fines.
Halet's revelation followed an announcement by Deltour earlier this month that
he intends to continue the legal campaign to clear his name.