Swiss Wikileaks banker is guilty

A SWISS banker who publicised private client data on Wikileaks was found guilty yesterday of breaching strict banking secrecy and threatening former colleagues, but was given only a suspended fine.

Judge Sebastian Aeppli acquitted Rudolf Elmer on charges he sought $50,000 for returning client data to former employer Julius Baer and that he made a bomb threat to the bank.

He was sentenced to a fine of 7,200 Swiss francs (£4,270) and suspended for two years. The prosecution had demanded eight months jail and a fine of 2,000 Swiss francs.