Swiss ex-banker collapses as trial for giving data to WikiLeaks begins

Swiss ex-banker collapses as trial for giving data to WikiLeaks begins
A file photo shows former Swiss private banker Rudolf Elmer (R) being accompanied by his lawyer Ganden Tethong Blattner as they arrive before a hearing of an appeal at the high court in Zurich November 17, 2011.

ZURICH - The trial of a former Julius Baer banker accused of handing over confidential data to WikiLeaks and attempting to pass on files to German officials was halted on Wednesday after the defendant collapsed.

Rudolf Elmer, former head of Baer's Cayman Island's office, fainted outside the courtroom in Zurich having earlier complained of a headache. He was taken away by ambulance to hospital.

A spokesman for the court said it was unclear when the trial would resume.

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