Markus Braun, the former chief executive of disgraced payments giant Wirecard, faced a public grilling by German lawmakers Thursday over the massive accounting fraud that brought down his firm.
Wirecard collapsed in June after it was forced to admit 1.9 billion euros ($2.2 billion) missing from its accounts did not exist, and MPs have opened a full parliamentary inquiry into possible regulatory failings that allowed the cheating to go unnoticed for years.
Austria-born Braun began his testimony at the Bundestag lower house of parliament, which was also open to the media, at 1:30 pm (1230 GMT).
He had travelled to Berlin from the Bavarian city of Augsburg, where he is in pre-trial detention on suspicion of organised commercial fraud and market manipulation.
Absent from the proceedings was fellow prime suspect