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As Wirecard Collapsed, Key Player Fled by Private Jet to Belarus

  • Austrian intelligence agent, far-right politician detained
  • Arrest warrant details circumstances of flight to Minsk
Jan Marsalek
Jan MarsalekSource: Wirecard

A former senior executive at Wirecard AG escaped from Austria to Belarus on a private aircraft last year with the help of a secret-service agent and a far-right politician, according to an arrest warrant seen by Bloomberg.

Jan Marsalek, the German payments company’s ex-chief operating officer who is on Interpol’s most-wanted list, fled in June shortly before Wirecard filed for insolvency. Executives admitted that 1.9 billion euros in funds never existed, setting off one of Germany’s biggest accounting scandals.