The whistleblower who exposed wrongdoing at HSBC’s Swiss private bank has been sentenced to five years in prison by a Swiss court.
HervÃ© Falciani, a former IT worker, was convicted in his absence for the biggest leak in banking history. He is currently living in France, where he sought refuge from Swiss justice, and did not attend the trial.
So none of the directors who facilitated tax evasion (whether wittingly or unwittingly we do not know because they have never been brought to trial) face prosecution for the massive abuses in their bank but the guy who did the right thing gets five years.
And you wonder why some of us think that law is biased in favour of the world's bankers and their richest clients?
This is a travesty of justice.
And in the process Switzerland proves just how rotten to the core it is.