Former VW manager arrested in Croatia

In the course of the prosecution of those responsible for the VW diesel scandal, the American authorities apparently got another suspect on the net.

An exhaust from a Volkswagen in an employee parking lot

EA former VW manager has been arrested in Croatia. According to information from the German Press Agency, the man was arrested for possible involvement in the emissions scandal at Volkswagen. As the “Handelsblatt” previously reported, an arrest warrant requested by American criminal investigators was the basis for the action of the Croatian authorities.

Citing people familiar with the events, the newspaper reported that American investigators see the former VW manager as someone responsible for the fraud at the Audi subsidiary. Volkswagen did not want to comment on it. According to the report, the former manager is facing extradition to the United States.

There two former VW employees were sentenced to years of imprisonment and heavy fines. A good two years ago, the VW manager Oliver Schmidt was arrested by American investigators at Miami airport while on vacation. He is serving a seven-year sentence in America for conspiracy to commit fraud. His arrest is for other managers who are wanted by American authorities because of the “Dieselgate” as a warning not to travel abroad. Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn is one of those wanted. Criminal charges and arrest warrants from the American judicial authorities have been filed against him and other allegedly responsible persons.

The now arrested former Audi manager, according to the newspaper, apparently the stricter controls in the Corona crisis were doomed. Like other EU countries, Croatia stores the data of people entering the country. Further details about the manager’s stay and his arrest are not known.

VW had admitted large-scale exhaust gas manipulation in September 2015. The group has already booked costs of 31.3 billion euros for the scandal – the majority of which was due to penalties and compensation in America.