Audi boss arrested in diesel probe

Munich prosecutors who have been investigating Audi’s role in the 2015 scandal confirmed they arrested Rupert Stadler in the Bavarian capital

The prosecutors also said that the arrest of Stadler was essential as the investigators saw the risk of him trying to suppress evidence in the diesel emissions probe.

Munich prosecutors, who widened their probe into Audi earlier this month, said Stadler was being held due to fears he might hinder their investigation into the scandal, plunging VW into a leadership crisis.

A spokesperson for Porsche SE, which controls VW and Audi, said Stadler's arrest would be discussed at a supervisory board meeting on Monday. VW's representative went on to mention the presumption of innocence has been applied.

The emissions scandal dates back to September 2015 when VW admitted using illegal software to cheat United States emissions tests on diesel engines.

While it has been confirmed that he has been arrested, no other details about his prosecution are available at the moment.

Until now German prosecutors have only questioned former VW CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn.

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.

The executive was arrested at his home in Ingolstadt in the early hours on Monday, they said.

Audi has not yet commented on the matter.

German carmaker Audi's CEO, Rupert Stadler, has been arrested. The 56-year-old executive was named to Audi's management board last year, long after the scandal erupted.

A total of 20 people are under suspicion in the Audi probe, which focuses on cars sold in Europe that were believed to be equipped with software that turned emissions controls on during lab testing and off again during regular driving to enhance road performance. Munich's authorities last week slapped VW with a €1B (roughly $1.2B) fine stemming from the scandal.

The scandal erupted three years ago, when it emerged that cars had been fitted with devices created to cheat emissions tests.

It was in September 2015 when VW admitted to using illegal software to cheat USA emissions tests on diesel engines.

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