Audi CEO arrested in Germany over VW emissions scandal

Shawn Knight

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Prosecutors in Munich have arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler on suspicion of his involvement in parent company Volkswagen’s ongoing emissions scandal.

According to multiple reports, a German judge deemed it necessary to detain Stadler to prevent him from fleeing or hindering the investigation. Stadler is the highest-ranking Volkswagen executive to be taken into custody over the scandal.

In September 2015, it was discovered that some Volkswagens sold in the US had been equipped with software to make them run more cleanly during emissions tests. When not under the scrutiny of strict tests, select vehicles were found to pump out up to 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide.

The fallout has cost the company nearly $30 billion and led to criminal charges being levied against several employees. Shortly after accusations were waged, former chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned. He has been indicted by US authorities but is unlikely to face the charges as Germany doesn’t extradite nationals to the US.

In a statement to USA Today, Audi said it has no further comment to make on the matter, adding that the presumption of innocence continues to apply for Stadler. A spokesman for Porsche SE, which controls VW and Audi, told The Guardian that the arrest would be discussed at an upcoming supervisory board meeting.

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VitalyT

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...while Mercedes and BMW managed to pay off everybody to be excluded from the scandal for having been doing the exact same. There is no justice for these gigantic crooks. They are in the same boat, but short of a few stones to sink them down.
 
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Lionvibez

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...while Mercedes and BMW managed to pay off everybody to be excluded from the scandal for have been doing the exact same. There is no justice for these gigantic crooks. They are in the same boat, but short of a few stones to sink them down.
can't blame them for being better players in the game :p
 

Abraka

TS Addict
This is just bullshit. VW didn't do anything that other car manufacturers didn't (and still do). At least nobody died because of this.

Why didn't they punish the CEO of General Motors? He was covering up the ignition key problems in GM cars for over a decade. As a result, over 110 people have died because of that issue. They should have hanged him by a tree. Did they even arrest him? Nope.

So this is just horse ****. How long will someone insist on this ridiculous witch hunt??
 
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senketsu

Better to get some than none IMHO
I'm all for seeing more CEO's and white collar criminals in jail
 
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