The Swiss authorities have rearrested rogue banker Rudolf Elmer just hours after he was found guilty of breaching Swiss bank secrecy laws and given a suspended fine.
The state prosecutor is investigating whether or not he is in further breach of the laws for handing over data to the Wikileaks online whistle-blowing organisation.
Elmer helped bring Wikileaks to global prominence three years ago when he used the website to publish secret client details, and he went back to them on Monday. He handed over CDs containing names and numbers of what he claims are some 2,000 of the world’s richest people and companies, and their offshore tax-evasion schemes.
Formerly with the Cayman Islands branch of the Julius Baer bank before he was fired in 2002, he was cleared of trying to extort money from the bank to return the data, and of threatening the headquarters with a bomb.
Swiss take second bite at banker Elmer