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Ex-Audi Chief Stadler Charged in Diesel Scandal

Rupert Stadler, the former CEO of Audi AG, has been charged by prosecutors in Munich of covering up the company’s cheating on diesel emission certification tests.
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Rupert Stadler, the former CEO of Audi AG, has been charged by prosecutors in Munich of covering up the company’s cheating on diesel emission certification tests.

Authorities also have charges three other former Volkswagen Group executives, including Wolfgang Hatz, former head of engine development for Audi and Porsche, Reuters reports. Prosecutors continue to investigate 23 other suspects in the scandal, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Stadler’s indictment says he knew from at least September 2015 that Audi had been rigging its diesels to evade pollution limits but did nothing to halt their sale. Affected engines were used in more than 400,000 Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen vehicles sold in Europe and the U.S. Stadler denies any wrongdoing.

Once in line to run Audi parent Volkswagen AG, Stadler was arrested a year ago on suspicion of interfering with an investigation into the cheating. He spent more than four months in jail before being released last October.

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