Audi CEO Stadler Taken Into Custody in Diesel Probe

Muriel Colon
June 18, 2018

Stadler joined Audi in 1990, and became CEO in 2007. German automaker and Audi's parent company Volkswagen confirmed the detention. "Almost three years after the diesel scandal broke, it takes police to take action against the Audi CEO".

Munich prosecutors and Stadler himself were not immediately available for comment. Stadler has denied any involvement.

Audi has also been embroiled in the emissions scandal that has plagued VW.

The executive was arrested at his home in Ingolstadt in the early hours on Monday, they said.

But the saga has cast a wider pall over Germany's vaunted auto industry, shattering the myth of "clean diesel" and raising suspicions of emissions manipulation among other companies.

As NPR has reported, six Volkswagen executives were indicted on May on charges of conspiracy and fraud in connection with the years-long emissions scheme, including former CEO Martin Winterkorn.

"Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was provisionally arrested this morning", Audi said in a statement.

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case
Audi CEO Stadler Taken Into Custody in Diesel Probe

Prosecutors from Munich carried out searches in the homes of current and former Audi employees on Wednesday as part of an investigation into diesel emission control software cheating by the.

Earlier this month, Munich prosecutors widened their probe at Audi to include Stadler and another member of Audi's top management, investigating them for suspected fraud and false advertising. VW's representative went on to mention the presumption of innocence has been applied.

Prosecutors in Munich, Stuttgart and Braunschweig are continuing their investigations of the carmaker and its units.

A judge has ordered him to remain in detention on suspicion that he may supress evidence or collude with fellow executives that are due to meet at a Volkswagen Group Supervisory Board meeting later this week, where lawyers were expected to present information in defence of 20 senior VW Group employees now under investigation.

The emissions scandal first emerged in 2015.

Just last week, VW agreed to pay a €1bn fine imposed by German prosecutors for cheating to get around diesel-emissions regulations.

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