Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

Stadler has been under fire since Audi admitted in November 2015 - two months after parent VW - that it also installed illegal "defeat device" software to cheat US emissions tests.

An Audi spokesperson has confirmed the development, reported news agency Reuters.

The so-called dieselgate emissions scandal first came to light in September 2015.

The Munich prosecutors said Stadler's arrest was not made at the behest of US authorities.

Stadler's detention follows a search last week of his private residence, ordered by Munich prosecutors investigating the manager on suspicion of fraud and indirect improprieties with documents.

The company said that it couldn't comment further due to the ongoing investigation, but stressed that "the presumption of innocence remains in place for Mr. Stadler".

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The arrest of the Audi CEO comes just weeks after Volkswagen tapped a new CEO to move the company past the scandal.

The Munich prosecutors said Stadler's arrest was not made at the behest of USA authorities.

The United States filed criminal charges against former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn in May, but he is unlikely to face USA authorities because Germany does not extradite its nationals to countries outside the European Union. The same goes for Munich prosecutors and Stadler.

Volkswagen declined 2.2% to €157.88 and traded 2% lower at 11.50am in local trading, extending losses this year to 5.2%.

Stadler's arrest is the most high-profile yet in the diesel gate crisis, which started when the Volkswagen group admitted in 2015 to equipping some 11 million diesels worldwide with "defeat devices" created to dupe pollution tests. Two are serving prison terms; Winterkorn and the others remained in Germany and are unlikely to be extradited. According to reports, the entire scandal has taken a heavy toll on the German vehicle manufacturers as it has cost it about 25 billion euros in buybacks, compensation and regulatory fines.

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