Jan Marsalek, Wirecard’s former chief operating officer who disappeared after his alleged trip to the Philippines last month to pursue the 2 billion euros missing from the company’s books, is in Belarus.
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Marsalek reportedly entered the Philippines through Manila before flying to Cebu City and then to China in June. Philippine authorities said there were no images of Marsalek arriving in the city, nor were there any records of a flight leaving Cebu City for China.
Forged Travel Tracks
According to the investigative reporting website, Bellingcat, the former Wirecard executive’s trip to the Philippines was faked. Investigations have pointed to the involvement of the Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, in helping him disappear into thin air by altering Bitcoin Method travel information. They explain that:
„The FSB has complete control over the Russian border service and therefore the centralized database of the Russian-Belarusian border. Therefore, any manipulation of data should be done at the behest of the FSB, or at least with its consent. If this were to happen, it would indicate a direct collaboration between Jan Marsalek and the FSB … „
The FSB reportedly began monitoring Marsalek’s international travel in early 2015 and had stopped tracking his movement by the end of 2018. He was found using several different passports, including a diplomatic passport from a third country. FSB immigration data suggest that the Russian security service had a long-standing interest in Marsalek. He himself was a frequent visitor to the country.
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Because Philippine authorities believed that his immigration records to the country were falsified, it was assumed that Marsalek was hiding in a different country. According to Bellingcat’s research, Marsalek told a colleague that he is in a country where „the same people have been in power for the last 25 years. The researchers then hypothesized that with Russia’s interest in Marsalek, he could be in a country with the same president for the past 25 years. Russia and Belarus share an external border. Data obtained by Bellingcat showed that he flew to Belarus on 19th June and has not left the country since.
As Cointelegraph reported earlier, Jan Marsalek boasted links to Russian intelligence services and provided secret documents about chemical weapons used in the UK.