Ex-Wirecard boss Braun must appear in person before the investigation committee. Attorneys for the arrested ex-Wirecard boss Braun had taken action against a personal summons before the investigative committee. Now, according to SPIEGEL information, the application has been rejected.
Ex-Wirecard boss Braun must appear in person before the investigation committee
Former Wirecard boss Markus Braun has to testify in person to the Bundestag’s investigative committee this Thursday. According to SPIEGEL information, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) rejected the imprisoned manager’s request to testify as a witness from pre-trial detention in Augsburg via video transmission. The BGH wants to provide the reason.
According to his lawyer, Braun would not only have to be brought from Augsburg to Berlin and back again for a personal testimony, but would also have to spend at least two nights in Berlin prisons. This, together with a stay of several hours in a Bundestag meeting room, meant an unacceptable health risk because of the pandemic, Braun’s lawyer had argued. He suspected that the committee was primarily concerned with the spectacle of questioning a detainee on remand.
“As with Wirecard, Markus Braun sent lawyers out and used pseudo-arguments. It’s good that the Federal Court of Justice has rejected this request, ”said Green finance politician Danyal Bayaz to SPIEGEL. He and members of the Left, FDP and SPD had emphasized in advance that they wanted to force the imprisoned Braun to appear. The FDP finance politician Florian Toncar said: “It’s good that we can take care of the matter after Mr Braun’s legal maneuvers. The list of questions is long. ”
After the accounting scandal at Wirecard, Braun and other managers were taken into custody in summer. The police are still looking for former board member Jan Marsalek. The public prosecutor sees in Braun one of the main persons responsible for “commercial gang fraud”, in which Wirecard is said to have booked billions in bogus transactions over the years. Banks and investors are said to have been cheated by up to 3.2 billion euros.