Former Audi Chief Pleads Guilty
FRANKFURT, Germany—The former head of Volkswagen’s luxury division Audi pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges tied to the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal, becoming the highest-ranking executive convicted over cars that cheated on emissions tests with the help of illegal software.
Rupert Stadler answered “yes” to a statement read in court by his attorney that said Stadler admitted wrongdoing and regret for his failure to keep rigged cars off the market even after the scandal had become public knowledge, the dpa news agency reported.
Stadler pleaded guilty under an agreement with the court and prosecutors, which provides probation rather than jail time. He was also ordered to pay a 1.1-million-euro ($1.2-million) fine for his full admission of guilt.
In the 2,5-year long trial in Munich, three lower-ranking management also entered plea bargains.
Stadler has been charged by prosecutors for fraud and false certification after he allowed cars to be sold with rigged computer software. That’s when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of violation under the Clean Air Act after discovering the rigged software.
The software activated emission controls while the cars were being tested, and then turned them off once the cars hit the road. The cars would pass inspection but emitted many times the permitted level of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that can harm people’s health.
Volkswagen paid more than $30 Billion in fines, settlements and prison sentences for the scandal.
Source: Epoch Times
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