Former Wirecard board member Jan Marsalek, who was sought by an arrest warrant, apparently wants to face himself – and hopes that this will bring advantages.
Like his former boss Markus Braun, Jan Marsalek is also hoping for exemption from prison. As the "Suddeutsche Zeitung" reports, citing "connoisseurs" of the Munich investigation, Marsalek intends to face the Munich I public prosecutor at the beginning of next week.
His plan is to be spared from pre-trial detention in return for bail and further conditions. Marsalek was considered a close confidante of the fallen Markus Braun by the payment processor Wirecard.
Most recently it was suspected that Marsalek could be in the Philippines. The Philippine immigration authority is looking for the former Wirecard board member, as Justice Minister Menardo Guevarra said.
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Marsalek was in the Philippine capital on March 3 and left two days later. "There is some evidence, however, that he returned recently and may still be there," Guevarra said. The Philippines do not have an extradition agreement with Germany.
Right hand by Braun
Marsalek was at Wirecard as the right hand of the ousted CEO Markus Braun and one of the founding fathers of the former startup. He was suspended last week and then released on Monday. The manager was responsible for day-to-day business as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for many years and was one of those responsible for business in Asia.
The Philippines play a central role in the accounting scandal. Wirecard admitted on Monday that 1.9 billion euros, which should be booked in escrow accounts in the Philippines, very probably do not exist. The Philippine central bank announced on Sunday that the missing funds had not flowed into the country’s financial system.
Singapore police are also investigating
Guevarra had instructed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to work with the AMLC Anti-Money Laundering Council to investigate the case. "NBI and AMLC will work together if there is evidence of money laundering," he said.
Meanwhile, the Singapore police are still investigating Wirecard. She has not yet completed her investigation against a key figure, which has been ongoing for over a year. It’s about the manager Edo Kurniawan, the former head of accounting at Wirecard in the Southeast Asian island nation. Kurniawan left the company in April 2019 after a first investigation report commissioned by Wirecard found financial irregularities. The "Financial Times" reported in detail, citing insiders, and was accused of defamation by the company.