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Prosecutors drop investigations into Marsalek confidants

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Status: 06/28/2022 5:00 p.m.

The Munich public prosecutor’s office has BR– The information has dropped its investigation into the confidante of Marsalek Weiss. Authorities had accused the former Secret Service agent of helping them escape. In Austria, on the other hand, investigations are continuing.

By Arne Meyer-Fünffinger and Josef Streule, BR

There has been no trace of Jan Marsalek since June 19, 2020. On the evening of that day, the former Wirecard board member boarded a plane from the small Austrian airport of Bad Vöslau to the capital Belarusian from Minsk. It is still unknown to this day where Marsalek fled from there. It’s probably Russia, because the native of Vienna would have excellent contacts with the local secret services.

His longtime confidant, Martin Weiss, also ensured that Marsalek could leave the country. A few weeks ago, the ex-employee told in an exclusive interview with the BR and the “Welt am Sonntag” for the first time, how exactly he helped Marsalek organize the flight to Minsk. That’s why Marsalek invited him to dinner at an Italian restaurant in Munich the day before.

The Munich public prosecutor’s office then investigated Weiss – suspected of having escaped criminal prosecution due to his involvement in Marsalek’s escape. Weiss had dismissed the allegations against him in an interview: he didn’t know that the former Wirecard board wanted to quit. Weiss says it BR– A last information testified during his interrogation by the prosecution at the beginning of April.

Insufficient distrust

Prosecutors were apparently unable to refute the statements. According to information from BR Research they stopped their investigations “because proof of a crime in the sense of sufficient suspicion cannot be adduced with the certainty required for an indictment”. That’s what he says in a letter from authority to Weiss’ lawyer BR Research could see. The Munich public prosecutor’s office confirmed the process on request and underlined: “Due to other crimes, Mr. Weiß is not being investigated.”

According to her, the fact that the arrest warrant for Marsalek was only issued on June 22, 2020, three days after he left for Belarus, also speaks for Weiss. Weiss also had no knowledge of Marsalek’s whereabouts. The former employee of the Austrian secret service BVT had asked BR and told the “Welt am Sonntag” that he had been in contact with Marsalek several times until the spring of 2021. He did not want to ask him where he was.

Finally, the Munich public prosecutor’s office said in the letter that “secret measures in the form of surveillance and telecommunications surveillance” did not show that the defendant knew of Marsalek’s alleged crimes or was aware of his plans to kill him. escape. In this regard, it remains to rumors and conjectures, which were entertained in the media and the public, but ultimately did not go beyond the stage of initial suspicions during the investigation.

Investigations in Austria continue

The decision of the Munich authority should also interest the Vienna public prosecutor’s office. According to a spokeswoman for the authorities, investigations against Weiss are continuing there. The Vienna criminal prosecution accuses the former employee of the former Austrian Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BVT) of corruption, favoritism and risk of collusion.

From early 2018 to late 2020, Weiss admitted last year during questioning by the Vienna public prosecutor’s office to having asked a former colleague of the since-disbanded security authority BVT to interview 25 people in databases. of the police, partly at the request of Marsalek. The colleague would have received money from Weiss for this. Weiss pointed out in an interview with BR and “Welt am Sonntag”, there is no connection between payment and queries. The Vienna public prosecutor’s office does not comment on the procedure on request.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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