Former Audi Managers Indicted in Dieselgate Case
On Thursday, Munich-based prosecutors announced the indictment of four more ex-Audi managers in relation to Volkswagen Group’s infamous diesel emission scandal. This follows the charges brought against former CEO Rupert Stadler and a handful of Audi staffers in 2018.
The latest indictment involves three former board members and one department head who has since retired. Prosecutors stated the alleged crimes relate to 434,420 cars manufactured by VW Group brands which we already know where sold with trick software designed to circumvent emissions testing, according to Reuters and German outlet Handelsblatt. However, the grand total of vehicles suspected to be in violation of regulatory law are suggested to be closer to 11 million globally.
The prosecution asserts that the accused former board members knew of the practice at various times between October 2013 and September 2015 and still carried on with sales, or did not prevent them from taking place.
In addition, one of the former board members is accused of having known but kept silent about his involvement in the practices ahead of his board membership from 2016, thus fraudulently earning board member pay.
After years of investigative raids, it was looking like German prosecutors planned to harass the automaker endlessly without ever making a move. German prosecutors have, however, begun targeting VW, Audi and Porsche employees (both former and current) in batches over the last couple of years. Authorities have said the delays were necessary to build a rock-solid case against decision makers who allowed Volkswagen Group to skirt the law — adding that more indictments are always a possibility.
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