We deplore the decision by Luxembourg to bring criminal charges against someone they believe to be the whistleblower responsible for passing to the media confidential rulings awarded by the Luxembourg tax authorities (Report, 20 December). We believe these disclosures were manifestly in the public interest, helping to expose the industrial scale on which Luxembourg has sanctioned aggressive tax-avoidance schemes, draining huge sums from public coffers beyond its borders.
Ritchie and friends, obviously.
And equally obviously, of course someone alleged to have broken the law should be charged. And tried too. Whether that public interest defence is enough to mean that they shouldn’t be convicted is something for the court to decide.
You know, that’s the reason we have courts and trials? To weight the evidence? Come to a decision based upon both the law and equity?