Apr 5, 2018

HSBC leaks: Spain holds Swiss bank whistleblower Falciani

Spanish police have arrested a whistleblower convicted in Switzerland for sending thousands of HSBC clients' secret bank details to tax authorities. In 2015, a Swiss court sentenced the French national, Hervé Falciani, to five years in jail for industrial espionage. Mr Falciani said he wanted to expose massive tax evasion via Swiss accounts. Spanish police sources say they received a Swiss international arrest warrant on 19 March. Swiss authorities say Mr Falciani stole and attempted to sell confidential data, violating Swiss banking secrecy laws.

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