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Pieter Omtzigt calls for an end to the persecution of UK oil-industry whistle-blower Jonathan Taylor

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the General Rapporteur on the Protection of Whistle-blowers for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), calls for a swift end to the persecution of the British oil-industry whistle-blower Jonathan Taylor, who in 2014 helped expose USD 275 million in bribes paid by his former employer, SBM Offshore, which reportedly resulted in penalties against the company totalling over USD 800 million.

“Jonathan Taylor was arrested this summer during a family holiday in Croatia on the basis of an Interpol Red Notice for alleged bribery and corruption. This stems from a complaint filed in Monaco by his former employer which a Monegasque court had already rejected two years ago. Monaco’s recourse to the Red Notice procedure for this purpose is an abuse of procedure exactly of the kind the Parliamentary Assembly condemned in its earlier reports on the misuse of Interpol.”

“The relentless persecution even of successful whistle-blowers like Mr Taylor is unacceptable. It has a chilling effect on all those who come across threats to the public interest and consider alerting us, for the sake of our health and safety, and the fight against corruption and crime,” said Mr Omtzigt.

Pieter Omtzigt was author of several reports on whistle-blower protection in the Parliamentary Assembly, and was recently appointed as its General Rapporteur on the protection of whistle-blowers.