‘Dieselgate:’ German prosecutors come after Volkswagen supplier Continental over emissions scandal
The raids were conducted in several cities on Wednesday, including Hanover, Regensburg, Wolfsburg, Gifhorn, Berlin, Frankfurt and Nuremberg, a spokesman for the Hanover prosecutor's office said, confirming earlier German media reports.
Continental employees are suspected of “abetting fraud and for providing false documentation,” Reuters cited Prosecutor Oliver Eisenhauer as saying. The official said that seven engineers and two project leaders are affected by the probe.Also on rt.com Pollution police: South Korea to slap Mercedes-Benz with $63 million fine, press criminal charges for fraudulent emissions data
The German auto supplier did not comment on the details of the investigation, but said that it was cooperating with the authorities. According to local media, Continental denies that it supplied its customers with software to manipulate emissions tests.
The development highlights the extension of the ‘dieselgate’ scandal that started in 2015, when it was found that Volkswagen cars sold in America had special software allowing them to mask the true level of emissions during testing. The German automaker later admitted to cheating, which has resulted in an avalanche of lawsuits and billions in fines and compensation for customers. In 2017, it pleaded guilty in the US and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in penalties. At the beginning of this year, the car giant was ordered to pay a fine of nearly $200 million to the Canadian government over the scheme.Also on rt.com Volkswagen bosses charged in Germany over diesel emissions scandal
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