Of course he should be charged

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?

3 thoughts on “Of course he should be charged”

  1. “And equally obviously, of course someone alleged to have broken the law should be charged. And tried too. ”

    I have no idea how the Luxembourgeoise justice system works, but here it’s up to the CPS to assess the chances of a conviction and whether a trial is in the public interest, before it ever comes to court.

    So, charged, yes. But assessing the merits of the public interest defence in the first instance would be a job for the CPS.

  2. So no whistleblower laws then ? The threat and cost of a court case would stop most people in their tracks.
    Would you really trust a judge?

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