Spain Court To Rule On Falciani Extradition 'within 15 Days'
Umer Jamshaid 10 days ago Tue 11th September 2018 | 06:06 PM
A Spanish court is due to decide within two weeks whether or not to extradite Herve Falciani, a former HSBC analyst who leaked documents alleging widespread tax evasion, to Switzerland, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Madrid, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 11th Sep, 2018 ) :A Spanish court is due to decide within two weeks whether or not to extradite Herve Falciani, a former HSBC analyst who leaked documents alleging widespread tax evasion, to Switzerland, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Arrested in Madrid in April on his way to a conference on the need to protect whistleblowers and released on bail, Falciani has already been convicted of industrial espionage in Switzerland in absentia for the scandal that became known as "Swiss Leaks." A Swiss court handed him a five-year jail sentence in 2015 but the 46-year-old has avoided Switzerland since.
Falciani took the stand at Madrid's National Court on Tuesday in a brief hearing after which his lawyer Juan Barallat said a decision would be taken "within around 15 days." The Franco-Italian national worked for the Swiss branch of HSBC and became known as the "the man who terrifies the rich" after leaking information in 2008 that alleged HSBC's Swiss private banking arm helped 79,000 clients evade billions of Euros in taxes.
There, he obtained access to encrypted customer information.
In 2008, he went to Lebanon with the information planning to sell the data, without success. Swiss authorities described it as "cashing in".
Since then, he has become known as the "Snowden of tax evasion," in reference to former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2013 revealed the scope of the US government's electronic surveillance programme.
He then spent several months in a Spanish prison.