Prosecutors in Munich, Germany, have now arrested a second suspect as part of their investigation into possible emissions test cheating. In relation to this move, they have also reportedly widened the investigation to include a number of new suspects.
A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office also revealed that the personal premises of a number of suspects have been searched as of late, but that no searches of corporate locations were part of those recent raids.
Notably, a spokesperson for Audi released a statement that the company had no knowledge of any arrest — so the identity of the individual in question remains unknown for now.
Reuters provides more: “In March Munich prosecutors searched offices at the carmaker’s Ingolstadt base, where about 44,000 workers are employed, and the premises of Jones Day, a US law firm hired by VW to lead an investigation into the emissions scandal.
“Four months later the US Justice Department said it had charged a former Audi manager with directing employees at the company to design software to cheat US emissions tests in thousands of Audi diesel cars.
“The former Audi manager, Italian citizen Giovanni Pamio, was subsequently arrested by Munich prosecutors on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker’s emissions scandal. Pamio remains in custody pending ongoing German investigations and an extradition request by US authorities.”
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of the extradition requests considering the people and the money/influence involved. On a related note, Volkswagen exec Oliver Schmidt is currently expected to be sentenced not too long from now.
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