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Former Audi chief gets 21-month jail sentence in 'Dieselgate' case


The Munich court sentenced former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to 21 months in prison with a suspended sentence for fraud.

Matti Blume
Matti Blume
Mr. Stadler was also fined €1.1 million, with the money going to the state treasury and charitable groups. The court reached this conclusion while hearing the case involving fabrication of information regarding dangerous emissions produced by diesel vehicles owned by the Volkswagen Group firms, including Audi.

The Dieselgate crisis broke in 2015, and Mr. Stadler was one of the top VW executives to suffer the consequences. Along with him, another former chief engineer at the business, whose identity was withheld, and former head of engine development Wolfgang Hatz, were found guilty on Tuesday. Both were given sentences with probation.

Volkswagen and Audi confessed using unlawful software in their vehicles to manipulate data on dangerous emissions from diesel engines. Volkswagen has spent more than €32 billion on penalties, settlements, and legal costs as a result of the scandal. In May, Mr. Stadler reached a settlement with the investigation, admitting that he was aware of the use of unlawful software but nonetheless permitted its installation in vehicles.

source: cnn.com