A Luxembourg court has acquitted three secret service agents accused of wiretapping in a scandal that brought down the government of Jean-Claude Juncker.
The three former intelligence officials — Marco Mille, Fränk Schneider and André Kemmer — were acquitted of the charges on Thursday morning
The so-called SREL affair — referring to the shorthand for the Luxembourg secret service — led to the resignation of then-Prime Minister Juncker in 2013, before he became European Commission president.
The former secret service employees were accused of illegally bugging businessman Loris Mariotto’s phone in 2007 to obtain information about a supposed covert recording of a conversation between Juncker and Grand Duke Henri about a series of bombings that took place in the 1980s.
Mille, the former head of the secret service, also secretly recorded a conversation with Juncker on his watch about the situation.
Juncker has always denied any wrongdoing and testified during the court case that he did not remember authorizing any wiretaps.
But the court concluded the prime minister had orally approved the telephone recordings and been informed of the results. It said there was no proof the wiretapping was illegal.
The prosecutors have a 40-day window to launch an appeal.