Raoul Weil, a former top UBS banker facing trial in Florida on charges of helping Americans evade taxes, asked a judge to allow defence witnesses outside the country to testify by video because they fear retaliation if they come to the U.S.
Bloomberg News reports that lawyers for Weil, who was indicted in 2008, claim that more than a dozen witnesses would give evidence for the defence, yet they fear travelling to the U.S. without a guarantee that they won’t be arrested.
Those who don’t get such protection should be allowed to testify by live video transmission, according to the filing yesterday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
'Virtually all of the potential witnesses, even those with only a peripheral connection to the events in question, have informed us that they are afraid to travel to the United States to testify, and do not even want their names to be revealed to the government, because they fear retaliation if they appear to support Mr. Weil', according to the filing.
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