Audi CEO Rupert Stadler Arrested Over VW Emissions Scandal

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler arrested

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.

Munich prosecutors investigating Audi's role in the 2015 scandal confirmed they arrested Stadler in the Bavarian capital because of risk that he may tamper with evidence, according to an e-mailed statement Monday.

Rupert Stadler, CEO of German auto producer Audi, briefs the media during the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. "The hearing to determine whether he will be remanded is ongoing", a spokesman for parent company Volkswagen said.

"The presumption of innocence remains in place for Mr. Stadler", Audi said.

Earlier this month, Munich prosecutors widened their probe at Audi to include Stadler and another member of Audi's top management, investigating them for suspected fraud and false advertising.

German carmaker Audi's CEO, Rupert Stadler, has been arrested. Audi's boss has now been detained over concerns he might be tempted to suppress evidence related to the diesel emissions cheating. The executive was arrested at his home in Ingolstadt.

Audi has not yet commented on the matter. A total of 20 people are under suspicion in the probe.

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

VW has so far set aside around $30 billion to cover the cost of fines, vehicle refits and lawsuits related to its emissions test cheating.

Prosecutors concluded that Volkswagen failed to properly oversee the activity of its engine development department, resulting in some 10.7 million diesel vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software being sold worldwide.

Martin Winterkorn, the former chief executive officer of Volkswagen, was indicted in May by USA prosecutors.

Volkswagen first admitted in 2015 of using software to cheat on USA emissions tests.

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