Audi’s chief executive has been arrested because of emissions scandal
Monday, June 18, 2018
Rupert Stadler says he is innocent.
The German prosecutor has decided to arrest Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler, according to AFP and Die Welt.
Stadler is under investigation for Volkswagen-owned Audi’s involvement in the diesel scandal, and is now temporarily detained, confirms Volkswagen.
A week ago, the home of Stadler was investigated.
The German prosecutor of the Munich Attorney General filed a trial on 30 May. Stadler and a member of the board are suspected of fraud, according to Spiegel.
Stadler has always claimed he is innocent.
In January it became known that German transport authorities had found prohibited emissions control software in several of Audi’s cars, which in turn led them to recall 127,000 cars.
In November, the car manufacturer had to call back 5,000 cars in Europe to correct a software problem that caused the cars to escape too much nitrogen oxide. It is the same gas that was the backdrop of the diesel scandal in the owner company Volkswagen back in 2015.
Volkswagen admitted by 2015 to have equipped their cars with a special software designed to trick emission tests. It was US authorities who discovered the software, which is located in the cars to embrace environmental harmful emissions from diesel engines.