The U.S. Department of justice, the authorities want to drag in the exhaust gas scandal of the Volkswagen group now also alleged to be Responsible from Audi to be accountable. Against four Ex-employees of the VW subsidiary indictment was issued, as the competent court announced in Detroit. In the case of the accused, according to the indictment, former high-ranking executives at Audi for the engine and diesel development. The former Board of management Chairman Rupert Stadler is not among them.

The men are accused of being part of a nearly decade-long conspiracy had been in the targeted Manipulation of emissions tests against U.S. environmental laws and fraud has been committed to customers. VW had given in September of 2015, under pressure from the US authorities, with the help of a special Software in a large scale in the measurement of emission values tricks. The group was later an admission of guilt in court.

In the case of a U.S. process would threaten the defendant’s Ex-Audi employees stiff penalties. According to judicial circles, none of the accused in court appeared, however, which means that the men are in custody. Perhaps you are like a whole series of defendants including Ex-VW boss Martin Winterkorn in Germany, where there is no direct delivery is threatening.

At the group level, VW has completed the legal processing of the exhaust gas affair in the USA to some of the more expensive compromises with the authorities and private class action plaintiffs to a large extent. The group had to pay because of the scandal, high penalties, and has recorded for comparisons in North America, already over 25 billion euros in legal costs. The U.S. Department of justice, however, had already made it clear that the matter is not were in order and the investigations against those behind the fraud to continue.

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