HSBC whistleblower won't appear to face espionage charges

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Herve Falciani - whose data leak spawned global investigations into how HSBC allegedly helped clients avoid taxes - won’t appear in person to defend himself against charges of violating bank secrecy laws and risk arrest.

Bloomberg News reports that the 43-year-old former information technology worker will be represented by his lawyer Marc Henzelin at the October 12 hearing at the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland, where he also faces charges of industrial espionage.

'He called me and sent me an e-mail saying clearly he will not attend the trial because he does not trust the Swiss justice system in this particular case', Geneva-based Henzelin said Thursday by telephone.

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