- Title: Prosecutors charge former Audi CEO Stadler over his role in emissions scandal
- Date: 31st July 2019
- Summary: MUNICH, GERMANY (JULY 31, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MUNICH SENIOR PUBLIC PROSECUTOR AND SPOKESPERSON FOR MUNICH'S PUBLIC PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE ANDREA MAYER READING PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE EXPLAINING CHARGES AGAINST FORMER AUDI CEO RUPERT STADLER (SOUNDBITE) (German) MUNICH SENIOR PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, ANDREA MAYER, SAYING: "Munich's Public Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against Mr. Stadler and three other defendants. The other three defendants are accused of developing engines fitted with illegal software, which resulted in tests showing different, better emission values than those actually emitted by normal driving." SIGN READING "MUNICH'S PUBLIC PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE II" (SOUNDBITE) (German) MUNICH SENIOR PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, ANDREA MAYER, SAYING: "Mr. Stadler is accused of receiving information about the manipulations in September 2015 and not preventing the sale of affected vehicles thereafter." SIGN READING "MUNICH'S PUBLIC PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE II" (SOUNDBITE) (German) MUNICH SENIOR PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, ANDREA MAYER, SAYING: "It is about Audi engines used in Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche vehicles. The charges against the other three defendants are connected to the production of about 400,000 vehicles, and in Stadler's case to about 90,000 vehicles." VARIOUS DETAILS OF PRESS RELEASE
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- Keywords: Audi emissions scandal diesel former Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler
- Location: MUNICH AND INGOLSTADT, GERMANY AND SHANGHAI, CHINA
- City: MUNICH AND INGOLSTADT, GERMANY AND SHANGHAI, CHINA
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001AQ409L9
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- Story Text: German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had filed charges against former Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler, who is being investigated over his role in Volkswagen's emissions test cheating scandal.
Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to having used illegal engine control software to cheat pollution tests, triggering a global backlash against diesel. The affair has so far cost the German carmaker 30 billion euros ($33.5 billion).
The public prosecutor's office in Munich said Stadler and three other defendants are being charged with fraud, false certification and criminal advertising practices.
Premium brand Audi only admitted in November 2015 that its 3.0 litre V6 diesel engines were fitted with an auxiliary control device which was deemed illegal in the United States.
Volkswagen and its former managers have faced numerous law suits, and in April prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig charged former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn with fraud over his role.
The Munich prosecutor said that three of the defendants are accused of having developed engines for Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars that used emissions cheat devices.
Stadler was arrested in June 2018 as part of a broader probe into emissions cheating at Audi, which is part of Volkswagen Group, and spent several months in prison.
Volkswagen later terminated Stadler's contract against the backdrop of a criminal investigation into whether he was involved in emissions tests cheating.
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