Trial resumes for Swiss ex-banker charged with giving data to Wikileaks

January 12, 2015 3:00 PM

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ZURICH (Reuters) - A former Julius Baer banker acknowledged that he passed confidential client data to WikiLeaks but argued his actions were not illegal, as his trial resumed on charges of breaching Swiss banking secrecy law.

The trial of Rudolf Elmer, a self-described "Gandhi of Swiss tax law", comes as banking secrecy in Switzerland is crumbling under international pressure from countries trying to recoup lost tax revenue.

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