The insolvency administrator released the auditors of the EY consultancy from their duty of confidentiality. But they don’t want to make a statement.
Berlin (dpa) – The summoned auditors do not want to testify at the inquiry commission on the Wirecard accounting scandal next week. This emerges from three lawyers’ letters to the committee that are available to the German Press Agency.
Consequently, EY company employees rely on their duty of confidentiality as auditors. The fact that the bankruptcy administrator has released them does not change anything, the lawyers explain in the letters.
As an auditing firm, EY audited Wirecard’s annual financial statements. The company is under fire because the multi-billion dollar fraud was not discovered earlier. The committee’s auditors are due to be interviewed next Thursday.
The representatives of the FDP, the Greens and the Left in the committee clearly criticized the refusal. EY plays a decisive role, “a lot indicates a failure also in the final exam,” said FDP member Florian Toncar of the dpa. Leftist deputy Fabio De Masi emphasized: “Anyone who, like EY, is always at the door of the federal government for public contracts, must also appear in parliament.” Danyal Bayaz of the Greens said the auditors should appear before the committee despite their refusal, and until then “consider whether they really want to refuse to contribute to political education.”
The MPs announced that they would do everything legally possible to obtain a statement from the auditor, also because the information was important to avoid similar cases in the future.