15th May 2018 – The Luxembourg Court of Appeals has today recognised Antoine Deltour’s status as a whistleblower as defined by European Court of Human Rights. This decision has resulted in a full acquittal of all charges against Antoine relating to the copying and use of the LuxLeaks documents.
The Court of Appeal judgement recorded the copying of internal documents as a legal breach but, ultimately, withheld the suspended prison sentence and fine imposed at trial in 2016. This victory comes after the Court of Cassation’s rejection in January 2018 of Antoine’s original conviction.
Following the verdict, WIN tweeted:
Absolutely the right decision! For the Appeal Court to have condemned Antoine for the ancillary act of downloading training docs when the Supreme Court had acquitted him of all charges relating to his #whistleblowing would have made a mockery of justice. Well done Antoine! https://t.co/VqhOzoE9hx
Antoine’s case exposes many of the challenges facing whistleblowers and those involved in protecting whistleblowers, particularly in regards to the criminal sentence originally passed at trial. WIN remains committed to strengthening civil society organisations that defend the rights of whistleblowers and address a range of threats to public interest.
WIN congratulates Antoine, his family, his legal team led by William Bourdon and all those who saw the importance of the substance of his whistleblowing and the right for him to be protected for doing so.
Click here for the full press statement from Antoine Deltour’s support committee.
In 2014, WIN Director Anna Myers was invited to give a lecture to the Thailand Anti-Corruption Agency about whistleblowing at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) near Vienna, Austria. The Academy asked Anna to write an article for the alumni magazine, IACAlumnus, which she did including some of the questions that participants in the workshop asked – and which remain highly relevant today – and her attempts to answer them. WIN thanks the IACA for permission to reprint the article.
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