Audi boss Rupert Stadler arrested in Germany over dieselgate scandal

Audi boss Rupert Stadler arrested in Germany over dieselgate scandal

Speaking on Monday in regards to Stadler's arrest, Munich prosecutor's office said: 'As part of an investigation into diesel affairs and Audi engines, the Munich prosecutor's office executed an arrest warrant against Mr Professor Rupert Stadler on June 18, 2018'.

"We need to find a solution for Audi's leadership for the time when he is not here", the source familiar with the talks said about Stadler's position.

Stadler was accused of fraud and false advertising by German prosecuters last week.

Stadler is the most high-profile Volkswagen Automotive Group executive to actually be arrested in the diesel investigation so far.

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.

In the Reuters report, Stadler had his contract extended in 2017 and was named as a suspect alongside another unnamed member of Audi's board of management.

The emissions scandal first emerged in 2015.

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The auto maker installed the software in 11 million diesel cars worldwide, including 1.2 million in the United Kingdom - meaning the vehicles knew when they were being tested and cut their emissions accordingly, to meet targets artificially. VW's supervisory board is meeting on Monday, where Stadler's future will be among the topics of discussion.

Most of its problems have been in the United States, where a total of nine people have been charged and two former VW executives have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison terms.

It is worth mentioning here that Volkswagen's luxury vehicle brand Audi has earlier faced suspicions that its engineers had developed a software used in the diesel emission scam.

The United States filed criminal charges against Winterkorn in May, but he is unlikely to face USA authorities because Germany does not extradite its nationals to countries outside the European Union. They are also investigating Winterkorn and 48 others.

Just last week, VW agreed to pay a one-billion-euro fine to settle a probe by German prosecutors.

Volkswagen shares were down 2.1 percent at 157.66 euros in Frankfurt trading.

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