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Deltour to give testimony in LuxLeaks trial

LuxLeaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour, pictured, is accused of stealing 45,000 pages of secret documents from more than 400 PwC clients.
Photo: Guy Jallay

(ndp/JB) On Tuesday LuxLeaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour is to give his version of events in the Luxembourg Criminal Court.

The former PwC Luxembourg employee is accused of stealing 45,000 pages of secret documents from more than 400 PwC clients.

The Frenchman is expected to say he did not plan to take the documents in advance and when he did, he acted in the general interest.

Deltour has always said he "acted out of conviction" for his ideas, "not to appear in the media."

"I'm just part of a broader movement," he has repeatedly said. PwC Luxembourg Internal Auditor Anita Bouvy last week explained how Antoine Deltour had accessed thousands of pages of confidential documents, thanks to a flaw in the computer system of PwC. The same report also revealed that Antoine Deltour had access on three occasions to confidential documents. However, the auditor was not able to say "what he had used them for."

Deltour's lawyer has repeatedly said that the defendant had "not targeted research rulings on the day of his departure from PwC," but that he had found them by searching through training materials. Antoine Deltour is expected to argue that he lost control of documents after entrusting them to the journalist Edouard Perrin with whom he came into contact.

"I never asked for anything in return. PwC is a civil party but in their mind, they are struggling to understand the selfless nature of my approach,” Deltour said in an interview before the trial.

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