Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested over Dieselgate

Gladys Abbott
June 18, 2018

The investigation into Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal rages on with the arrest of Audi's current chief executive officer Rupert Stadler, according to Munich prosecutors.

Prosecutors in Munich said Stadler was arrested at home early on Monday morning and was later remanded in custody by a judge, owing to fears he might hinder an ongoing probe by suppressing or tampering with evidence.

Nicholson says prosecutors are investigating whether Stadler "acted quickly enough to stop deliveries of manipulated Audi vehicles within Europe".

"We need to find a solution for Audi's leadership for the time when he is not here", the source familiar with the talks said about Stadler's position.

Audi responded by insisting there was a presumption of innocence in the allegations.

The head of Volkswagen's luxury arm Audi was arrested on Monday, the most senior company official so far to be taken into custody over the German auto maker's emissions test cheating scandal.

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

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Even though buybacks and fixes are in full swing around the world, the fallout from Volkswagen's diesel scandal continues with a high-profile arrest.

Stadler's detention follows a search last week of his private residence, ordered by Munich prosecutors investigating the manager on suspicion of fraud and indirect improprieties with documents.

Audi has not yet commented on the matter.

Audi has also been embroiled in the emissions scandal that has plagued Volkswagen.

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the United States. The 56-year-old executive was named to Audi's management board last year, long after the scandal erupted.

The arrest comes just a week after German prosecutors fined Volkswagen $1.2 billion, Esme Nicholson reports for NPR from Berlin.

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