Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

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.

"The arrest warrant is based on concealment of evidence", Munich prosecutors said.

"For Mr Stadler, the presumption of innocence continues to apply", a spokesman said in a statement.

Volkswagen, which last week agreed to pay a fine of €1 billion ($1.2 billion) imposed by German prosecutors, confirmed the arrest.

Stadler is the most senior Volkswagen to be arrested over the so-called Dieselgate that came to light in 2015.


Rupert Stadler, CEO of German vehicle producer Audi, briefs the media during the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany.

The probe, however, focuses only on cars sold in Europe which were believed to have emission manipulation devices installed which turned emissions control off during regular driving.

Stadler was accused of fraud and false advertising by German prosecuters last week.

The United States filed criminal charges against former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn in May, but he is unlikely to face US authorities because Germany does not extradite its nationals to countries outside the European Union.

Prosecutors pushed for Stadler's arrest over fears that he might try to evade justice, dpa reported. Two are serving prison terms; Winterkorn and the others remained in Germany and are unlikely to be extradited.

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