Audi chief Rupert Stadler arrested in diesel emissions probe

18 June, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Brooke Harris

Volkswagen AG, owners of the Audi brand, confirmed Stadler's arrest to the BBC this morning.

Prosecutors in Munich said Rupert Stadler - the most senior group official to be held since the saga began - was arrested at his home in the early hours of Monday due to fears he might obstruct their continuing investigation.

Stadler was accused of fraud and false advertising by German prosecuters last week.

Munich prosecutors had conducted searches at Stadler's private residence as a part of the probe concerning alleged fraud and indirect improprieties with documents. "The hearing to determine whether he will be remanded is ongoing", a spokesman for parent company Volkswagen said.

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Cars sold in Europe by Volkswagen group were believed to be equipped with a software that automatically turned off emissions controls during driving, flouting several pollution control laws.

"The arrest warrant is based on concealment of evidence", Munich prosecutors said.

Stadler was under investigation for malpractice in the emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen. Around 11 million vehicles from Audi are allegedly fitted with the emission manipulation devices.

The United States filed criminal charges against former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn in May, but he is unlikely to face US authorities because Germany does not extradite its nationals to countries outside the European Union.

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