Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn indicted in US over ‘Dieselgate’


Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn indicted in US over ‘Dieselgate’

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been indicted in the United States over his alleged role in the German auto giant’s ‘dieselgate’ scandal, court papers showed today.

Winterkorn’s indictment brings the US criminal case to the uppermost levels of Volkswagen, which pleaded guilty last year to lying to American environmental regulators about emission control systems.

“The indictment unsealed today alleges that Volkswagen’s scheme to cheat its legal requirements went all the way to the top of the company,” US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Prosecutors say Winterkorn knew of the company’s emissions cheating as early as May 2014 but decided to continue with the fraud, the Justice Department said in a statement. Read More

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