The Former Head Of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn Will Appear In Court In The Case Of The Diesel Scandal
The district court in the city of Braunschweig (Federal state of lower Saxony) allowed considering the claim in the case of the "diesel scandal" against the former head of the German carmaker Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the court.
The Braunschweig Prosecutor's office charges the 73-year-old Manager and four other people with fraud and violating the anti-unfair competition act. According to investigators, Winterkorn knew that the concern in 2014 for tens of millions of euros updated the software of cars, which did not solve the problem with the exhaust. It was "necessary in order to hide the true reason for the inflated emissions figures" of diesel cars, the Prosecutor's office said.
It is not yet known when the process will start.
In 2015, it turned out that Volkswagen cars were equipped with software that allowed to underestimate the content of harmful substances in the exhaust gases. Thanks to this system, everything looked so that the cars fully met the accepted standards. In reality, they were several times higher than the established limit level of air pollution.
Investigators assume that Winterkorn knew about the manipulation, but did not report potential risks to financiers and investors in a timely manner.