Spanish police have arrested HSBC whistleblower Hervé Falciani in Madrid, National Police and Home Office spokespersons confirmed to The Spain Report.

Officer acted directly on the Swiss arrest warrant issued on March 19, and not on a Spanish judge's orders, both spokespersons said.

Falciani was sentenced in absentia by a Swiss court to five years in jail for industrial espionage and data crimes in 2015, but has been living in Spain.

He had been due to attend a conference at a university when he was detained.

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