Rudolf Elmer, the former employee of Julius Baer, accused of revealing details of client accounts via WikiLeaks, collapsed about two hours after he went on trial in Zurich Wednesday on charges of violating Switzerland’s bank secrecy laws.
The trial was halted as medics attended to him.
Bloomberg News reports that prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of three and a half years for Elmer, 59, who embarked on a whistle-blowing campaign after leaving the bank more than a decade ago. He is also accused of offering bank data to the German government and forging a document concerning his former employer, according to a charge sheet filed with Zurich District Court.
“The accused led a very versatile and persistent fight against Julius Baer,” Prosecutor Peter Giger said in the document, dated June 30. Elmer has denied wrongdoing.
Elmer appeared in court today unshaven and wearing a blue hoodie. The trial began with three judges deliberating whether the statute of limitations applies to charges related to alleged disclosures via WikiLeaks, saying they would make a decision at the same time they decide on the whole case.
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