Jeffrey Skilling, the former chief executive of bankrupt energy trader Enron Corp., testified that he was "absolutely innocent" during his trial here on fraud and conspiracy charges. ''I will fight those charges until the day I die,'' Skilling said under questioning from his attorney.

Skilling, 52, is charged with 28 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors, while former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay is charged with six counts of fraud and conspiracy. Both are also charged with lying to investors about the true financial picture of the company.

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