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Skilling calls Enron case 'absurd'

April 14, 2006 at 12:02 AM   |   Comments

HOUSTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling called parts of the federal indictment against him absurd Thursday as he continued his testimony in Houston.

Skilling accused prosecutors of "a rewriting of history to accomplish certain objectives," Te Washington Post reported.

Four months after Skilling resigned as chief executive officer in August 2001, Enron filed for bankruptcy. Prosecutors charge he left because he knew how shaky the company was, but he maintained Thursday the company's operations were "as good as it gets."

Skilling and his co-defendant, Kenneth Lay, maintain the company was brought down by a cabal led by former Chief Financial Officer Andy Fastow, aided by the news media and over-zealous government regulators.

"There are a lot of people from Enron Corp. that will never recover from what happened," he said.

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