German Prosecutors Have Charged Four Ex-Audi Executives
The Munich Prosecutor's office charged three former members of the Supervisory Board and one of the heads of the carmaker's Audi division in the case of the "diesel scandal" on Thursday, according to DPA.
According to him, they are charged with fraud, involvement in violations of certification, and false advertising. According to the newspaper Handelsblatt, one of the accused, Richard Bauder, who was responsible for the development of diesel engines from 1993 to 2012, knew about the fraud with environmental standards and did not prevent the production of cars with engines with low emissions of harmful substances. Bauder denies any wrongdoing and claims that he only found out about the violations in 2015.
In June 2018, the head of Audi, Rupert Stadler, was detained in this case. On October 2 of the same year, the Supervisory Board of the concern dismissed him. On October 30, he was released from custody on bail. A court hearing in connection with the "diesel scandal" is scheduled for September 30.
The "diesel scandal," which initially centered on Volkswagen, broke out in 2015. It turned out that the cars of the concern, which also includes Audi, were equipped with software that allowed to underestimate the content of harmful substances in the exhaust gases. Thanks to this system, everything looked as if the cars fully met the accepted standards. In reality, their operation led to several times exceeding the established limit of air pollution.
At the end of February 2020, the concern reached a settlement agreement on a class action, under which it pledged to pay €830 million.