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Rupert Stadler, former Audi CEO, arrives in German court to face dieselgate charges


Prosecutors have charged Stadler with fraud, false certification and criminal advertising practices; Stadler has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Wednesday, the former CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler, presented himself to a court in Munich to face fraud charges as part of Volkswagen's disel emission cheating scandal which got uncovered by regulators in the United States nearly five years ago.
Both, Audi and Volkswagen, were caught disguising excessive diesel pollution in their vehicles by illegally tweaking their engine management software to falsify emissions readings during anti-pollution tests.
Although initially VW had claimed that the fraud was the handiwork of a handful of engineers, and that no senior managers were involved, the testimony from a raft employees led prosecutors to remanding Stadler in custody for four months in 2018.
Stadler arrived in court in a Mercedes-Benz to face a trial which is expected to last at least up to 2022. He is accused of knowingly selling cars which had manipulated engine software and did not comply with environmental standards.
Stadler has denied the charges.