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WikiLeaks informant finally given a mild sentence


A prominent Swiss private banker turned WikiLeaks informant was found guilty Monday in Zurich of having violated banking secrecy, but received only a mild sentence.wpid-law.jpg

A Zurich court found sufficient evidence that Rudolf Elmer had passed on client data of Bank Julius Baer to the online whistleblower platform in 2008.

Elmer received a sentence of 45,000 Swiss francs (52,000 dollars) – which is the equivalent of 300 days in prison in the Swiss justice system – which was suspended on probation.

The prosecutor had called for a prison term of three and a half years, arguing that the banker, who had managed Julius Baer’s Cayman Islands operations, had destroyed the lives of his wealthy clients by making their finances public.

However, the judge acquitted Elmer of several of the charges. For example, the court could not prove that two CDs that Elmer handed to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2011 actually contained client data.

Elmer’s defence lawyer plans to appeal the verdict.

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