Europe & UK

September 28, 2018

Call for protection to whistleblower in a Danish banking scandal


Danske-Bank

Having blown the whistle on a massive money laundering scheme through the Estonian branch of Denmark’s Danske Bank, a man’s lawyers have called for measures to protect him.

The whistleblower was identified by an Estonian newspaper as former Danske Bank employee, Howard Wilkinson, who, in 2013, revealed that billions in dirty money were flowing through the company’s accounts, some of them from Russia.

In a letter to law enforcement agencies in Estonia and Denmark, Wilkinson’s lawyers asked for protection for their client so that he is not subjected to retaliation. International accords to support whistleblowers and protect their identities have been signed by both countries. Around 200 billion euros ($235 billion) flowing through its accounts from 2007 to 2015 have been admitted to be suspicious by Danske Bank, whose CEO resigned this month.

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