Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested over emissions scandal

Irving Hamilton
June 18, 2018

Stadler targeted: Munich prosecutors announced on June 13 that the Audi CEO was now a part of their investigation and carried out a search of his home.

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.

"We confirm that Mr Stadler was arrested this morning".

Cars sold in Europe by Volkswagen group were believed to be equipped with a software that automatically turned off emissions controls during driving, flouting several pollution control laws.

German carmaker Audi's CEO, Rupert Stadler, has been arrested.

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In the Reuters report, Stadler had his contract extended in 2017 and was named as a suspect alongside another unnamed member of Audi's board of management.

Stadler was accused of fraud and false advertising by German prosecuters last week. It said shortly afterward that a judge had ordered him kept in custody pending possible charges at prosecutors' request.

The Munich prosecutors said Stadler's arrest was not made at the behest of USA authorities.

The auto manufacturer pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the United States and nine managers, including former CEO Martin Winterkorn, were charged. Two are serving prison terms; Winterkorn and the others remained in Germany and are unlikely to be extradited.

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