World balance sheet scandal: Wirecard process: Psychiatrists are said to examine former chief accountants
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On Thursday, the process begins to the largest economic scandal in German history. Now there are doubts about the guilty capacity of one of the three accused.
Shortly before the start of the excited wirecard process there is a surprising turn. According to information from the Handelsblatt, the Munich I has appointed two forensic psychiatrists as an expert. They are supposed to examine Stephan von Erffa, the former chief accountant of Wirecard.
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A spokesman confirmed to the Handelsblatt that the doctors were committed to "comment on the questions required by the chamber during the main hearing".
should turn out that ERFFA had a healthy impact on Erffa in the alleged period of time, this could rule out or mitigate a possible guilt. Observers expect a short statement by Erffas lawyer at the start of the trial. She didn't want to comment beforehand.
Wirecard process begins Thursday
The experts are Norbert Nedopil and Kolja Schiltz. Nedopil works at the University Clinic in Munich in forensic psychiatry, Schiltz heads the department. On request, both of them did not comment on their role in Germany's largest economic criminal trial.
Schiltz was already an expert in the trial of the "knife steaker of Würzburg" in July, who killed three women in the Bavarian city in the summer of 2021 and injured nine other passers -by. After his conviction, the perpetrator did not get into prison, but to psychiatry.
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How Asia board member Jan Marsalek disappeared 315 million euros. The trial against Wirecard's former CEO Markus Braun begins Thursday. With him, Erffa and Oliver Bellenhaus, the former governor of the group in Dubai.
The trio is accused of commercial gang fraud, infidelity and balance falsification in connection with Wirecards collapse in the summer of 2020. Bellenhaus admitted years of counterfeiting and heavily burdened Braun and Erffa. Braun rejects all allegations, almost all of them.
Wirecard was once considered a great German technology hope. The payment service provider rose in the DAX stock exchange index in 2018 and was temporarily Germany's most valuable financial group. The company collapsed in June 2020 because an alleged billion dollar assets on accounts in the Philippines could not be found.
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The defendant Bellenhaus told the public prosecutor that the business belonging to these billions was largely fake. Because of his confession, Bellenhaus is considered a key witness in the process.
creditor from Wirecard remained on invoices of 3.1 billion euros. Wirecard shareholders lost 24 billion euros. The public prosecutor determined for almost 20 months, led 450 interrogations and submitted 80 legal assistance searches - including Singapore, Belarus and the Philippines.
in March 2022 the public prosecutor raised charges, in September the fourth criminal chamber of the Munich Regional Court allocated the charges for the presiding judge Markus Födisch. For the process, 100 days of negotiations are initially scheduled until the end of 2023. Process observers expect many other dates.
is negotiated in a 17 million euro, 270 square meter and five meters below the ground, high-security court hall on the prison area of the Munich-Stadelheim correctional facility.
Brown and Bellenhaus have been in custody for two and a half years. In the meantime, Erffa was behind bars. He has been at large for conditions since summer 2021.
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© provided by Wirtschaftswoche News from the WIRCARD process Photo: Imago imagesdata portal-copyright = was now in prison for two and a half years of ex-wirecard boss Markus Braun and was waiting for his process. It has now started in Munich. Our reporters are there for you and report live on the blog on site. The Wirtschaftswoche reporters have been accompanying the Wirecard case for eight years. In 2020, Wirecard's success story fell together like a house of cards.
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