Whistleblower at Olympus calls for answers
Michael Woodford, the sacked chief executive of Olympus who blew the whistle on a $1.7bn (£1.1bn) accounting scandal, yesterday urged the company to mend its ways at its annual shareholders' meeting, and demanded to know why he had been ousted.
As 1,000 investors in the endoscope and camera company approved a new board at the meeting, Mr Woodford said that the group's refusal to explain his sacking "will constitute clear grounds for this EGM to be later cancelled in court.
Since he was fired in October, Olympus has admitted carrying out fraud to conceal massive investment losses under a scheme going back two decades. Prosecutors in Japan, the UK and the US are investigating. Seven people have been arrested, including a former Olympus chairman.
Mr Woodford, who is suing Olympus as well as writing a book about his time there said it was a "mockery" to claim it was making a new start. Olympus' new president will be Hiroyuki Sasa, a 30-year veteran of the company, and its new chairman is Yasu-yuki Kimoto, 63, a former executive at its main lender, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.
Bosses of collapsed banks should be sent to jail, banking standards commission tells George Osborne
Feat of engineering: Incredible photographs show construction beneath New York's Second Avenue
Brazil kicks off: World Cup excess draws hundreds of thousands to street protests
World news in pictures
Google challenges US surveillance gagging order
- 1 Diary of Second World War German teenager reveals young lives untroubled by Nazi Holocaust in wartime Berlin
- 2 Bosses of collapsed banks should be sent to jail, banking standards commission tells George Osborne
- 3 Breaking the Silence: In the reality of occupation, there are no Palestinian civilians – only potential terrorists
- 4 Uri Geller psychic spy? The spoon-bender's secret life as a Mossad and CIA agent revealed
- 5 Vice pulls 'breathtakingly tasteless' fashion shoot glorifying the suicides of famous female authors from Sylvia Plath to Virginia Woolf
iJobs Money & Business
£65000 - £85000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...
£400 per day: Orgtel: A top tier banking client urgently requires a Senior Bus...
£250 - £350 per day: Orgtel: Financial Crime Analyst,Midlands, Banking, AML/Sa...
£20,000 - £45,000 OTE: Co-Venture: Working for this company will give you a ch...