LuxLeaks verdict is a strong call for whistleblower protection
On the afternoon of Wednesday 15 March the verdict from the LuxLeaks trial, following the appeal, was released. Once again it was a heavy blow against the right of whistleblowers to being able to safely report wrongdoing.
Antoine Deltour was convicted with a six months suspended jail sentence and 1500€ fine Raphael Halet 1000€. Eduardo Perrin, the journalist that stood on trial was acquitted.
In a press release following the verdict Antoine Deltour comments:
–This disappointing judgment constitutes an additional argument for going ahead with recent European initiatives towards whistleblowers’ protection.
–The news are devastating. They have done a good for the public interest and for this they are punished. This is nothing but a strong signal that EU needs a strong whistleblower protection and that this protection also must protect those who report wrongdoings, says Martin Jefflén, President of Eurocadres, in a comment to the verdict.
–This is nothing but a strong signal that EU needs a strong whistleblower protection and that this protection also must protect those who report wrongdoings.
The Commission is presently running a public consultation on whistleblower protection and the platform www.whistleblowerprotection.eu, which Eurocadres initiated, is currently working on formulating a strong response.