Hervé Falciani, self-proclaimed HSBC whistleblower, sentenced in absentia to five years’ jail over biggest leak in banking history

Juliette Garside has the latest development in a case I’ve been covering on this site since 2009 (my earlier coverage is no longer available as the previous incarnation of PogoWasRight.org was not importable into WordPress).

The whistleblower who exposed wrongdoing at HSBC’s Swiss private bank has been sentenced to five years in prison by a Swiss court.

Hervé Falciani, a former IT worker, was convicted in his absence for the biggest leak in banking history. He is currently living in France, where he sought refuge from Swiss justice, and did not attend the trial.

The leak of secret bank account details formed the basis of revelations – by the Guardian, the BBC, Le Monde and other media outlets – which showed that HSBC’s Swiss banking arm turned a blind eye to illegal activities of arms dealers and helped wealthy people evade taxes.

Read more on The Guardian.

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