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A plan from Germany’s justice minister to criminalize the purchase of stolen Swiss bank data has attracted skepticism and critique.
Over the weekend Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said she wanted to begin the process to set such purchases under the law, reacting to a number of bank data purchases from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in a radio interview it is undisputed that such purchases are legally justified, following court rulings, so the justice minister’s plan would need to be examined in detail.
North Rhine-Westphalia finance minister Norbert Walter-Borjans told the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper that the justice minister may not criminalize a court-approved investigative method against tax fraud.
He said the misunderstanding must be clarified.