(ZURICH, Switzerland) – A former Swiss banker has escaped a prison sentence for charges he breached Switzerland’s bank secrecy laws by leaking confidential banking files to WikiLeaks.
Rudolf Elmer was found guilty and fined, but the judge in Zurich declined the eight-month prison sentence sought by prosecutors.
Elmer had said he leaked files from the bank he used to work for, Julius Baer, in order to expose tax evasion by rich businessmen and politicians.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said the files will be posted on the whistleblowing website once they are verified.
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