Marsalek confidante arrested on risk of escape – economy

In the billion-dollar scandal at Wirecard, the Munich investigators are doing everything in their power to clear up dubious cash flows in the environment of the globally sought-after ex-CEO Jan Marsalek. That led to the arrest of a Munich businessman on Tuesday. He is to be brought before the judge on Wednesday and will be in custody because of the risk of escape.

The businessman is accused of embezzlement amounting to more than 2.5 million euros. He is said to have withdrawn an amount in this amount from the company IMS Capital, which according to the investigators’ findings had been largely provided with money from Marsalek – before they filed for bankruptcy last week. The lawyer for the arrested person did not want to comment on SZ’s request with reference to the ongoing proceedings.

Ultimately, it is about the suspicion that Marsalek has diverted millions from Wirecard for himself. And the question of where this money could have gone. This question also led the investigators to IMS Capital.

The Berlin company is one of the two main shareholders in the Munich company Getnow, an online supermarket through which customers can purchase groceries. Getnow, founded in 2015, has 130 employees, offers its service in more than 100 cities and is one of the fastest growing grocery delivery services in Germany. But now Getnow has gone bankrupt, as did IMS Capital last week and the Wirecard Group four months ago.

All three bankruptcies have something to do with one another, as Marsalek is said to have been one of Getnow’s main financiers according to the investigators’ findings, apparently through Getnow’s shareholder IMS Capital. Since Marsalek disappeared, it is believed that there has been no more money. According to the provisional insolvency administrator, Getnow had received “investor money in the double-digit millions” for its expansion – that was mainly money from Marsalek.

According to the preliminary insolvency administrator, a new “round of financing”, in other words the search for investors, was planned, but it failed. Hence the bankruptcy. Nevertheless, attempts should continue to be made to save the food delivery service.

During their research, the investigators repeatedly come across Marsalek and his surroundings

Possibly the now arrested businessman wanted to prevent that he ran out of money after Marsalek’s escape. That could have been a motive for taking more than 2.5 million euros from IMS, as suspected by the investigators. Other Marsalek confidants are said to have already filed a lawsuit against the businessman. It looks like a violent argument broke out in his environment after Marsalek’s escape.

Four former Wirecard managers, including the long-time CEO Markus Braun, are already in custody. They are accused of fraud in the billions of dollars, falsifying accounts, manipulating the share price and misappropriating corporate assets. Braun denies all allegations.

At Wirecard, more than a billion euros have seeped away into dark channels in recent years. The investigators repeatedly come across Marsalek and his environment during their research. Marsalek confidants have created a network of companies, especially in Asia, which the group provided with large loans. The investigators want to find out whether Marsalek has diverted millions in this way and whether the long-standing Wirecard board of directors could have financed private investments. There is also a suspicion of money laundering.


Sweden excludes Chinese from 5G expansion

Huawei billboard in Beijing

The use of Chinese equipment in mobile communications is currently being critically examined in a number of countries in Europe.

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Düsseldorf Business for the Chinese network supplier Huawei is becoming more and more difficult in Europe. After Great Britain and France, Sweden has now effectively excluded the company from expanding the new 5G mobile communications standard.

The Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority (PTS) announced on Tuesday that in addition to Huawei, the Chinese network supplier ZTE would also be locked out of the 5G expansion. The reason for the step was an assessment by the Swedish army and Swedish security services.

The use of Chinese equipment in mobile communications is currently being critically examined in a number of countries in Europe. At the beginning of the year, Sweden implemented a new rule that stipulates that network equipment providers must first be checked by the army and security authorities before they can be used.

As a result, Huawei and ZTE have now been excluded from the network expansion. Components that have already been installed must be removed from the network by January 1, 2025 at the latest, PTS said. The domestic telecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson and the Finnish operator Nokia are likely to benefit from the ban.

A Huawei spokeswoman said on request: “There is no objective reason for the claim that Huawei represents a security threat. We consider Huawei’s exclusion based on an unfounded suspicion to be unfair and unacceptable.” ZTE’s reaction to the decision in Sweden was initially still out.

In Sweden, the frequencies in the range of 3.5 gigahertz that are important for 5G mobile communications will be auctioned from November 10th. The four companies Hi3G Access, Net4Mobility, Telia Sverige and Teracom will take part in the auction.

A final decision is still pending in Germany

Sweden’s approach is also very relevant for Germany. A final decision on the use of Huawei and ZTE is still pending in Germany. Planned rules already provide that outfitters have to undergo a safety check – similar to what has already happened in Sweden.

The US had mainly accused Huawei of acting as a gateway for Chinese espionage and sabotage and imposed sanctions on the company. Huawei had always denied the allegations and stressed that evidence of the allegation was never publicly presented.

Beijing is preparing for possible retaliation. According to a report by the state news agency Xinhua, the Chinese government has passed a new law in order to impose import restrictions on companies in other countries. Whether this could also mean the Swedish network supplier Ericsson was initially open. Ericsson has been supplying equipment for Chinese cellular networks for many years.

More: Belgium does without Huawei in the 5G expansion – and relies on Nokia


Deportations: careless talk (

Horst Seehofer (CSU)

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It is a well-established pattern: if an act of violence occurs in which a foreigner is involved, calls for faster and easier deportations increase. This was also the case in the case of the presumably Islamist-motivated knife attack in Dresden at the beginning of October, in which one man was killed and another seriously injured. The suspect is a 20-year-old Syrian who is classified as an Islamist threat.

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) now wants to clarify – unsurprisingly – whether deportations to certain regions of Syria should be possible again in the future. “I will strongly advocate that we check whether it is not possible to deport to Syria in the pacified areas,” said Seehofer. But so far the assessment of the Foreign Office is different. From the point of view of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the possibility of repatriation of criminals, endangered persons and “identity deceivers” should be sought if the security situation in Syria permits, the statement said on Friday.

Other Union politicians also support the demand. “Criminally convicted criminals have forfeited their right to stay in Germany, especially if they want to overthrow our free and democratic basic order,” said the North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU). “We have to be able to deport such perpetrators immediately.” Baden-Württemberg’s Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU), the chairman of the CSU Bundestag group, Alexander Dobrindt, and the CSU Bundestag member Michael Kuffer are also calling for the legislation to be amended.

Greens boss Robert Habeck points out pitfalls. He thinks it is “in principle correct to expel dangerous people to their countries of origin.” But many of the Islamist threats are just German citizens. Therefore expulsions are “not trivial,” according to Habeck. A Europe-wide coordinated procedure and clear take-back agreements are also required.

The Left Party is clearer in its criticism. “It is frightening how right-wing hardliners instrumentalise the knife attack in Dresden to pave the way for deportations to Syria,” said the left-wing member of the Bundestag Ulla Jelpke. Syria is not safe – not even for criminals. There should therefore be no deportations to the country. “The problem of Islamism does not go away if a perpetrator is deported,” said Jelpke. It is necessary to clarify the crime and its background in detail and to bring the alleged perpetrator to justice in Germany. Dropout and prevention programs should also be promoted.

The state refugee councils in Germany and Pro Asyl also reject deportations to Syria. “Our deepest condolences go to the relatives of the victim,” said Kai Weber from the Lower Saxony Refugee Council in Hanover. However, instead of the political instrumentalization of the victims by some interior ministers, a constitutional criminal procedure is necessary. Hate crime often strikes arbitrarily and must be prosecuted. The deportation of alleged threats to Syria is a “smoke candle” and does not contribute to security – neither in the Federal Republic nor elsewhere. The “frivolous talk” about supposedly safe areas to which Syrians could be deported is “negligent and endangering people,” it said in a statement. Every person deported to Syria must expect treatment and torture that are contrary to human rights.

The security situation in Syria remains tense. According to human rights activists, at least 78 rebels allied with Turkey were killed in Russian air strikes in the north-west of the country. Around 100 more were injured in the bombing of a military camp in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Monday. With agencies.


Erdogan calls for a boycott of French goods

Protests against Macron

The French President has been criticized in Turkey.

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Paris The conflict between Turkey and France is reaching a new dimension. In Turkey and several Arab countries, calls are being made to boycott French products after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly accused his French colleague Emmanuel Macron of having “a problem with Muslims” and that he should have his health checked. France has called its ambassador back for the first time.

The federal government condemned Erdogan’s attacks on Monday as “completely unacceptable defamations”. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the fight against radical Islamism had nothing to do with Islamophobia.

The dispute began with a dispute over the deployment of Turkish soldiers in Libya, the violation of Greek territorial waters by Turkish natural gas exploration ships and Turkey’s role in the Armenian-Azerbaijani war.

Now the Turkish President is taking the dispute to another level: He has been accusing French President Emmanuel Macron for days of persecuting and humiliating Muslims. Media close to the government speak of a “witch hunt against Muslims in France”. The country insulted Islam by publishing the Muhammad cartoons.

Macron had repeatedly stressed that he did not have to judge religions, but that in France blasphemy was also allowed as part of freedom of expression. Erdogan and the media devoted to him are now making a state-decreed mockery of Islam.

Jostling against Macron could turn into violence

Exactly such accusations preceded the murder of French teacher Samuel Paty on October 16 by a Russian of Chechen descent. In a systematic campaign, the teacher was accused of being Islamophobic and of distributing pornography.

By approaching these allegations, Erdogan is crossing a line: the public jostling against Macron could turn into violence.

Macron reacted to the murder of the teacher by banning various Islamist associations and closing some mosques. In addition, an upcoming law is to restrict the posting of imams from abroad to France.

This would particularly affect Turkey, which is particularly active in sending Muslim clergymen to Western Europe. It would lose some of its influence over the Muslims. This also probably explains the violence of the attacks Erdogan is now waging against Macron.

Supermarkets list French products

There are now countless calls for a boycott of French goods on Twitter. The authors describe themselves as Turks, Jordanians, Qataris or Kuwait. The tweets are often similar, however, often with the hashtag #MacronTheDevil and have an identical list with the logos of over 40 French brands, from cheese and ballpoint pens to luxury products. Some French politicians suspect Turkey is behind the boycott campaign.

French media report on supermarket chains in several Gulf states that have started to delist French products. The photos show how cheese, jam and shampoo are taken from the shelves.

The boycott calls do not shock anyone in Paris, but the government is very concerned about Erdogan’s policy. In view of the weakening of Iran, Erdogan wants to become the leader of the – in his case Sunni – Muslims, is the interpretation. On Sunday, the Turkish President also attacked the Federal Republic of Germany because a mosque was searched on suspicion of embezzlement.

Paris sees Erdogan as economically and politically weakened. His attacks on France and Germany and his aggressive actions in the eastern Mediterranean should distract from the fact that the country is economically in decline thanks to Erdogan’s policies.

France, Germany and the EU would have to vigorously oppose Erdogan’s systematic attempt to intimidate the EU and gain influence over Muslims within the member states.

More: Erdogan’s aggressive foreign policy is putting the country’s future at risk.


‘The name of death’: criminal arrested since age 18 has killed 48 rivals in chains – World

Marcos Paulo da Silva is known for his ferocious execution in cold blood.

Domingos Grilo Serrinha e correspondent in Brazil
October 26, 2020 at 9:02 am

Almost unknown abroad, a 42-year-old Brazilian, imprisoned since he was 18, is, however, a legend that spreads terror and death in the prisons wherever he goes. Marcos Paulo da Silva, known as ‘The name of death’ and ‘Lucifer’, says with pride that he has already murdered 48 rivals and does not regret any of these crimes, all committed with great brutality. “I don’t regret killing those people because the fight was fair. They were rapists and thieves who took advantage of other prisoners and robbed them, ”Marcos Paulo da Silva declared calmly to a judge in one of his last depositions to justice.Arrested and sentenced to a light sentence for theft in 1995, at the age of 18, ‘Lucifer’ never left prison and his sentences now amount to 217 years, with many crimes still to be answered. The mark of the executions is the ferocity, and after killing the victims, they cut off their heads and ripped off their insides. In one of the bloodiest attacks, on September 9, 2011, ‘Lucifer’ murdered and mutilated five prisoners at the Serra Azul Penitentiary, in the state of São Paulo, while laughing and saying that was what gave his life reason.

Social discourses and self-mutilation
Marcos Paulo da Silva founded a criminal faction called ‘Bonde do Cerol Fininho’ in prison where he made social speeches, attacking criminal organizations that seek only profit. At the Catanduvas Federal Penitentiary, the most feared in Brazil, where he could not attack other prisoners, ‘Lucifer’ began to self-mutilate and, after a period in which he was chained, he got what he wanted, being transferred to another prison.

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Tanker has stowaways on board – major English Channel operation

After weeks of voyage from Africa, an oil tanker should actually have docked in southern England. Instead, he anchored off the Isle of Wight – with stowaways on board.

Seven people were arrested on an oil tanker after hours of large-scale operation off the coast of the Isle of Wight. Special forces brought the situation on the ship under control and arrested seven people, tweeted the Ministry of Defense on Sunday evening. Previously, the police and coast guard had been on duty for hours around the tanker Nave Andromeda after it had zigzagged a few miles from the coast and anchored unexpectedly. Interior Minister Priti Patel thanked those involved on Twitter for their commitment.

The tanker is anchored off the British coast: It is still completely unclear who is on board. (Source: AP / dpa)

“We have been informed that several stowaways are on board who have spoken verbal threats against the crew,” a spokesman for the Hampshire Police said in the evening. “No injuries were reported.” Local media had initially assumed an attempted kidnapping, but the shipowner’s lawyers ruled this out in the afternoon, according to the BBC. It was “100 percent no kidnapping,” said the law firm Tatham & Co., which represents the shipowners. It has been known for some time that stowaways are on board.

Zigzag course off the Isle of Wight

The 228-meter-long and more than 42,000-tonne oil tanker, which is sailing under the Liberian flag and belongs to the fleet of the Greek company called Navios Tankers Management, cast off in Nigeria at the beginning of October and should actually have arrived in the port of Southampton on Sunday morning. However, the argument with the stowaways probably prevented the arrival at first.

According to Richard Meade, a reporter for the shipping magazine Lloyd’s List, seven stowaways in Nigeria are said to have gained access to the tanker. Meade refers to the Liberian shipping register for his information. When the ship’s crew tried to lock her in a cabin, violent clashes should have broken out, Meade said. However, the crew was able to report to the shipping register and did not lose control.


Seven years in prison for Teresa Rivero confirmed for tax crime

The Supreme Court has confirmed the seven-year prison sentence that the Provincial Court of Madrid imposed on Teresa Rivero, widow of the deceased businessman José María Ruiz-Mateos, for tax offense for eight million euros of Rayo Vallecano in 2009 and 2010, when she was president of the club.

In a sentence, the high court also confirms the same penalty imposed on the ex-attorney of the Jesús Fraile club, while lowers the fine and compensation that Rayo must face, although it maintains its subsidiary civil liability for four million euros of the money defrauded.

The Hearing of Madrid sentenced them on July 16, 2018 to this penalty for four crimes against the Public Treasury in relation to VAT and personal income tax of the entity for the years 2009 and 2010, considering that in both years and for said taxes they defrauded a total of 8.4 million euros. The penalty of a fine for each of them is also ratified for a total of 16.4 million euros, and they will also have to jointly compensate the Treasury in the amount defrauded of 8.4 million.

The Supreme Court has completely dismissed the appeals of Rivero and Fraile, who are sentenced to two years in prison for each of the two crimes related to income tax in 2009 and 2010, and another two years for the one related to VAT in 2009, and a year more for the VAT of 2010. In total, seven years in prison for each.

Partial estimate of the Lightning resource

The high court does partially uphold the appeal of the Rayo Vallecano club, whom the Madrid Court convicted of two crimes against the Public Treasury, one in relation to the 2010 personal income tax and the other with the VAT for the same year, in the first case to payment of a fine of one million euros and in the second to another of 97,276 euros.

Likewise, he was sentenced to compensate the Treasury jointly with Rivero and Fraile for four million euros for personal income tax for 2010, and 389,000 euros for VAT for the same year.

The judgment of the Supreme Court, of which the magistrate Eduardo de Porres has been rapporteur, partly agrees with the club by highlighting that it was not appropriate to demand criminal responsibility from the entity for the events that occurred before the entry into force of the law that established the criminal responsibility of legal persons, which took place on December 23, 2010.

For this reason, it partially revokes the judgment of the Hearing on this point and acquits the commercial company Rayo Vallecano SAD of the crime of VAT fraud corresponding to 2010 as it does not appear that in the fourth quarter of that year the tax avoidance exceeded 120,000 euros.

However, the Supreme Court establishes that Yes, it is necessary to condemn Rayo for the avoidance of personal income tax during the fourth quarter of 2010, and indicates that since the amount evaded in said period does not appear, the figure must be specified in the execution of the judgment by the Madrid Court.

Therefore, the club is convicted of a crime against the Public Treasury in relation to the payment of personal income tax during the fourth quarter of 2010 to the penalty of a quarter of the amount set as defrauded in that quarter. And it will have to compensate jointly and severally with the other condemned to the Public Treasury to pay as civil liability the entire amount defrauded during the fourth quarter of 2010. In addition, the club is sentenced to the loss of the possibility to obtain subsidies or public aid and the right to enjoy benefits or tax incentives or Social Security during the period of nine months.

The Supreme Court maintains the rest of the pronouncements of the Court’s ruling, which included the subsidiary civil liability of the club with respect to compensation related to VAT and personal income tax for 2009 that Rivero and Fraile must pay, a total of four million euros.


Wirecard management is said to have bagged money before the bankruptcy

Wirecard-Logo in Aschheim

Insolvency administrator Jaffé is looking for companies and accounts around the world in order to get back as much as possible of the group’s stolen money.

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Düsseldorf Wirecard insolvency administrator Michael Jaffé made serious allegations against the old management of the scandal group in a letter to the workforce. This is reported by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ). Accordingly, the company was “emptied in the months before bankruptcy,” said Jaffé. Those responsible at the time are said to have systematically put money aside.

The insolvency administrator did not mention any names in the letter. But it should be clear that the hiding ex-board member Jan Marsalek and his environment are meant, it says in relation to “Wirecard circles”. Marsalek had left for Belarus four months ago. To this day he has not been found and has gone underground.

According to SZ, investigators, auditors and lawyers who deal with the Wirecard scandal are talking about numerous suspicious cash flows, especially from the end of 2019 to the bankruptcy in mid-2020. Above all, it is about high loans that were granted to business partners in Asia and which are said to add up to well over half a billion euros.

According to the report, insolvency administrator Jaffé announced in his circular that the sale of Wirecard’s core business should take place soon. “A decision can be expected by November at the latest,” he is quoted as saying. You are “now in the decision-making phase”. The two remaining applicants are probably the Spanish bank Santander and the British cell phone company Lycamobile.

The insolvency administrator had already sold the Wirecard North America branch for more than 300 million euros this week. One reason for the empty coffers should have been that Marsalek should have put money aside. In the circular, Jaffé writes: “As you know”, the insolvency proceedings have started “without any liquidity”.


Saxony: Police and the protection of the constitution in the criticism – politics

“Without gaps”, “consistently”, “systematically” – if the officials in room B03 of the Saxon Ministry of the Interior have their way, everything went right in the case of the young Syrian who stabbed two men in Dresden’s old town and killed one of them. At the press conference in Dresden on Thursday, the aim was to dispel the accusation that the Saxon security authorities had failed to prevent this attack.

On the evening of October 4th, Abdullah al-H. attacked and seriously injured two tourists from North Rhine-Westphalia in the heart of the city, not far from the Frauenkirche. A man from Krefeld, 55, died a little later in the hospital. His companion from Cologne, 53, survived and is now back home. The federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe is investigating.

Abdullah al-H., who came to Germany as a refugee in autumn 2015, has been leading the Saxon security authorities as an Islamist threat since 2017. According to media reports, the 20-year-old is said to have dealt with the “Islamic State” and jihad since spring 2016, advertised the terror network in several chat posts and used IS symbols on Facebook.

In November 2018, the Higher Regional Court sentenced him to a youth sentence of two years and nine months for, among other things, courting members or supporters of a terrorist organization abroad, assault and threat. In the chat he is said to have referred to himself as a “sleeping cell” and was interested in instructions for building explosive belts as well as publications such as “Legal Leader for the Suicide Bomber”.

As possible targets for terrorist attacks, Abdullah al-H. apparently the festival area at the Dresden Marienbrücke and the cinema nights on the banks of the Elbe in sight. Because he attacked law enforcement officers while in custody, he was convicted again by the Leipzig District Court.

During his time in prison, Abdullah al-H. a deradicalization program. Apparently without success. It was clear that the accused would move again in the Islamist scene after his release, said the head of the Saxon Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Dirk-Martin Christian. They have “systematically developed a plan of action”, adds Dirk Münster, the head of the Police Terrorism and Extremism Defense Center.

After his release on September 29th, it was Abdullah al-H. forbidden to make contact with certain people from his ideological environment. In addition, he should not visit certain websites, he also had to report regularly to his probation officer, which he did. Even on the day of the crime and afterwards, when he was not yet considered a suspect, he reported to the police station.

The Syrian was also not allowed to carry cutting, firearms or stabbing weapons. Like the daily newspaper The world reported that Abdullah al-H. However, two days before the crime, they bought the knife in a Dresden department store, which may later be used as a weapon.

The Syrian was under surveillance, including on the day of the crime. To what extent, the head of the protection of the constitution Dirk-Martin Christian does not want to give any information – only that it was not a matter of round-the-clock surveillance. As previously reported, personnel bottlenecks did not play a role, said Christian. It is simply unusual to order such a measure immediately after release, because many of those affected first have to sort out their private lives.

Dirk Münster is clearer: “24-hour surveillance is simply not permitted.” After several inquiries, he emphasizes that all legal measures have been implemented consistently and that they have been guided by regulations that apply at the federal level. “It is bitter when we all have to find out today that, despite these measures, the terrible crime could not be prevented,” says Christian the protection of the constitution. “There is no such thing as one hundred percent security.”

Perhaps it would have helped if Abdullah al-H. would not have been in the country anymore. At least that is the conviction of Roland Wöller (CDU). Saxony’s Interior Minister was absent from the press conference and is on vacation. On Thursday morning, he referred in a written declaration to the problems that exist when people are at risk of being deported.

The immigration authorities had Abdullah al-H. revoked his refugee status due to his criminal offenses. An eviction notice was issued in autumn 2019. But since there is still civil war in Syria, the 20-year-old could not be deported. This is a nationwide problem, said Wöller. “Saxony had campaigned in vain at the Conference of the Interior Ministers since 2018 to exempt threats and criminals from it,” the statement said. There shouldn’t be a general ban on deportation.

The Protection of the Constitution estimates the number of Islamist threats in Saxony in the lower double-digit range, nationwide it should be 600.