Elmer: Swiss Banker Found Guilty for WikiLeaks Leak

January 20, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer (R) gives WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (L) two CDs following a press conference in London, on January 17, 2011.  (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer (R) gives WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (L) two CDs following a press conference in London, on January 17, 2011. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
The former Swiss banker who helped bring WikiLeaks to prominence in 2008 by leaking a list of bank clients to the organization, was found guilty Wednesday by a Swiss court of breaching bank privacy.

A few hours after the ruling Rudolf Elmer was rearrested over documents he gave to Wikileaks on Monday.

Elmer was fined $7,400 and suspended for two years. Elmer’s former employer, the Swiss bank Julius Baer, had demanded an eight-month jail sentence that the judge rejected.

According to Elmer, the list leaked Monday contained clients of Julius Baer’s Cayman Islands branch, assisting them to evade taxes. The bank has denied all allegations.

Elmer is a former CEO for Julius Baer in the Cayman Islands. On Monday Elmer publicly handed over a list of 2,000 Swiss bank clients that possibly have evaded taxes to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

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