A key witness took the stand this week in the government's fraud and conspiracy trial against former Enron Corp. chairman Kenneth Lay and chief executive Jeffrey Skilling.

Former chief financial officer Andrew Fastow, 44, sat in the witness chair for most of the week, first answering the government's questions in prepared testimony on Tuesday and then undergoing grilling from Skilling's defense lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, on Wednesday and Thursday. Fastow was expected to close out the week taking questions from Lay's lawyer, Michael Ramsey .

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