It would be quite a disgrace for the prosecutors: Ex-Wirecard board member Markus Braun has been sitting in a nine-square-meter prison cell for 15 months, but an indictment is still a long way off. One possible reason: the public prosecutor got lost in something. New evidence shows a completely different picture. Accordingly, Braun was not the main culprit, as suspected, but rather the victim of his board colleague Jan Marsalek, who had disappeared to Russia. The investigators admittedly continue to hold on to the only key witness, but he has long since become involved in contradictions – which now makes him suspicious.
It is therefore quite possible that the real perpetrators are still running around freely, while the damage is already enormous for Markus Braun: his assets have been seized and he is only allowed to see his wife with their three-year-old child every four weeks – behind a Plexiglas pane.
The German publicist Gabor Steingart reports in his “Morning Briefing” about the new evidence and the completely different picture that they give. He invokes it Research by ThePioneer editor-in-chief Michael Bröckerwho was able to gain new insights, among other things, after looking through previously unpublished e-mails and bank statements.
What is noticeable, for example, is that Markus Braun was not involved at all in the shadow structures at Wirecard and never participated in the embezzlement. Rather, his assets consisted mainly of Wirecard shares, some of which he bought on credit – until May 2020. He did not sell a single one before Wirecard went bankrupt. In fact, two months before his arrest, he mortgaged the private property where his family lived. Conclusion: With the collapse of Wirecard, all of its assets were destroyed.
Nevertheless, the public prosecutor’s office in Braun wants to see the actual “gang boss”, who then must have acted rather clumsily, not to say naively.
It is more likely that Martin actually did not know anything about the shadow structures. According to ThePioneer research, he also knew nothing of the plans for a “Wirecard 2.0” and Jan Marsalek’s central role as a “senior decision maker”. Marsalek is most likely the central figure. From 2015 to 2018 he is said to have flown around 60 times by private jet to Russia – without Braun’s knowledge, as he asserts. So he hadn’t noticed Marsalek’s double life.
In the meantime, the key witness B. “got entangled in massive contradictions and untruths”, as Steingart reports. This leads to the suspicion that he might be an accomplice himself and that he wants to conceal his involvement in this way.
So far there is definitely no trace of Jan Marsalek, the deceived investors are still waiting for an explanation and Markus Braun is still in prison.