19:22 GMT04 July 2020
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    A Luxembourg court on Wednesday reduced sentences to two former employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of largest accounting firms in the world, convicted of leaking documents that revealed various tax avoidance schemes, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Luxemburger Wort newspaper, Antoine Deltour received a six-month suspended sentence and a fine of 1,500 euros (about $1,593) instead of 12 months in jail.

    ​Deltour's colleague, Raphael Halet, reportedly received a 1,000 euros fine instead of a nine-month prison sentence.

    Investigative journalist Edouard Perrin who used the leaked information to produce reports for French television was acquitted in June last year.

    ​The documents leaked to the media in what became known as LuxLeaks scandal brought to light tax arrangements of Ikea, McDonald's, Fiat and other companies.

    The trial of Deltour was protested by the media across the world. In 2016, Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner, said that the whistleblowers and investigative journalists responsible for the LuxLeaks should be thanked.

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    leaked documents, whistleblowers, LuxLeaks, Antoine Deltour, Raphael Halet, Edouard Perrin, Luxembourg
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