VW SCANDAL: Winterkorn facing probe by German prosecutors

Time 11:33 am, September 29, 2015

THE former chief executive of Volkswagen is to be investigated by prosecutors in Germany, following the emissions scandal.

Martin Winterkorn, pictured above, resigned last Wednesday, denying any knowledge that emissions tests in the manufacturers’ diesel vehicles had been rigged.

The German prosecutor’s office has said it will examine ‘allegations of fraud in the sale of cars with manipulated emissions data’.

After being caught out in the USA, VW admitted installing special software known as a ‘defeat device’ in millions of its vehicles globally. This software ‘cheat’ could detect when emissions were being tested and was able to fix the engines to make them seem as if they were running much cleaner than they actually were.

Under German law, if criminal complaints are made with prosecutors they must then look at them and decide if there is enough to go on to start an investigation.

After the scandal broke in the US, about 12 complaints were filed with prosecutors in Braunschweig, which is close to VW’s Wolfsburg HQ, with one of the complaints being lodged by VW itself, which has apologised for rigging the tests.


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