April 5, 2018 / 12:56 PM / 2 years ago

Switzerland asks Spain to extradite whistleblower Falciani

Manuel Olle, lawyer of Swiss bank whistleblower Herve Falciani, speaks to the media after Falciani appeared before a judge at Spain's High Court in Madrid, Spain, April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Susana Vera

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland’s justice ministry on Thursday submitted a formal request for the extradition of Swiss bank whistleblower Herve Falciani from Spain.

“The Federal Office of Justice on April 5 transmitted a formal request for extradition via diplomatic channels,” a spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Spanish police on Wednesday arrested Falciani, a former employee of HSBC’s (HSBA.L) Swiss private bank, who was convicted in Switzerland of industrial espionage after leaking clients’ tax information.

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi

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