Diesel Emissions Scandal: Ex-VW Boss Winterkorn Charged in US

Diesel Emissions Scandal: Ex-VW Boss Winterkorn Charged in US
Former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn has been charged by US prosecutors in Detroit over the diesel emissions scandal. He has been accused of conspiring to mislead regulators about the German car maker’s efforts to cheat the emissions tests of its diesel-fuelled vehicles.

Charges filed in March were revealed on Thursday, adding Mr Winterkorn to the list of accused former VW executives.

VW said it was cooperating with US probes and declined to comment further.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the indictment showed that Volkswagen’s scheme to cheat its legal requirements went “all the way to the top”.

Mr Winterkorn, 70, resigned soon after the scandal over polluting vehicles in the US erupted in September 2015. He is the ninth person to be hit with US criminal charges connected to the emissions cheating scandal. Two have pleaded guilty and are serving time in prison.