Audi CEO Stadler Taken Into Custody in Diesel-Cheating Probe

Ivan Schwartz
June 18, 2018

Munich prosecutors said Rupert Stadler was being detained due to fears he might hinder an ongoing investigation into the scandal, plunging Volkswagen (VW) into a leadership crisis.

The reason for the arrest was because of a possible risk that he could suppress evidence in the ongoing investigation of alleged fraud and false advertising, according to the Munich prosecutors office, stated a Reuters report.

A judge in Germany has ordered that Stadler be remanded in custody, it said, to prevent him from obstructing or hindering the diesel investigation.

Audi confirms CEO has been arrested but can not comment further on ongoing investigation. German automaker and Audi's parent company Volkswagen confirmed the detention.

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Stadler himself was not immediately available for comment.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal began in September 2015, when the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to German automaker Volkswagen Group.

A total of 20 people are under suspicion in the Audi probe, which focuses on cars sold in Europe that were believed to be equipped with software which turned emissions controls off during regular driving. It is thought that 11 million VW Group cars have been fitted with emissions manipulation devices.

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges pressed against the company where two managers are serving prison time in US.

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