Berlin : German prosecutors opened an investigation against former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn to establish what his role was in the company’s emissions- rigging scandal. The investigation will concentrate on the suspicion of fraud committed through the sale of vehicles with manipulated emissions data, and aims to determine who was responsible, prosecutors in Braunschweig said.
In the German system, anyone can file a criminal complaint with prosecutors, who are then obliged to examine them and decide whether there is enough evidence to open a formal investigation.
In this case, following the revelations about the rigged tests, prosecutors in Braunschweig, near VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, received about a dozen complaints, including one from Volkswagen itself, said spokeswoman Julia Meyer.
The head of VW’s Porsche division, Matthias Mueller, was appointed on Friday as his successor. -AP
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