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Ex-banker turned whistle-blower released

Swiss ex-banker turned whistle-blower Rudolf Elmer has been released from prison.

The former Julius Bär banker had been in police custody since January 19, after he handed over computer discs to WikiLeaks which he said contained details of as many as 2,000 offshore bank accounts.

On Monday, a friend of Elmer confirmed weekend news reports that he had been released three weeks ago.

Elmer’s release follows reports last month that the CDs he had handed to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did not contain any bank account information.

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