Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler arrested

Daniel Fowler
June 18, 2018

Stadler was under investigation for malpractice in the emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen.

Last week, the prosecutors' office widened its emissions cheating probe to include Stadler among the suspects accused of fraud and false advertising.

As part of the investigation, Stadler's home has been raided, while authorities are now investigating 19 other suspects, the identities of whom have not been disclosed.

FILE PHOTO: Audi head of the board Herbert Diess (L) and CEO Rupert Stadler attend company's annual shareholders meeting in Ingolstadt, Germany May 9, 2018. "The hearing to determine whether he will be remanded is ongoing", a spokesman for parent company Volkswagen said.

According to Munich prosecutors, Stadler was arrested on Monday because investigators saw the risk that he might seek to suppress evidence in connection with a diesel emissions probe.

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The Munich prosecutor's office is reportedly working towards the investigation of 19 other suspects, identities of whom haven't been disclosed, yet.

Audi had no immediate comment.

Last month, it admitted that another 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines have emission software issues.

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the United States and nine managers, including former CEO Martin Winterkorn, were charged there. The same goes for Munich prosecutors and Stadler.

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