The VW diesel affair is expanding. 34 people are now accused in the investigations for excessive emissions of nitrogen oxide – among other things for aiding and abetting fraud.

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EInvestigators in the diesel affair at Volkswagen have once again sent more than 1,500 pages of allegations to the Braunschweig Regional Court. 15 other executives of the VW Group and a supplier are accused, as Chief Public Prosecutor Klaus Ziehe of the German Press Agency in Braunschweig said. You are accused of aiding and abetting fraud with tax evasion, aiding and abetting indirect false certification and criminal advertising. The public prosecutor’s office did not mention any names.

This means that 34 people are now accused in the investigations of excessive emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx). The investigators are convinced that the management team was largely responsible for the fact that authorities and customers in Europe and the United States were deceived with the help of illegal software in diesel vehicles. The now fourth indictment has 1554 pages.

In this case, too, the Braunschweig Regional Court must decide whether to admit the indictment. A court spokesman confirmed receipt of the files. In the case of ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn and four other managers, the court has already admitted the indictment for commercial and gang fraud, but the process was recently postponed to September due to corona.

The public prosecutor’s office has brought charges against 14 VW employees in two other NOx proceedings relating to the emissions scandal. However, a decision has not yet been made on the opening of main proceedings. Six people were charged with serious fraud, some tax evasion and false certification in January 2020. Since September 2020, eight employees have been dealing with suspected, in some cases serious, fraud, forgery and competition violations, as well as in some cases embezzlement and tax evasion or aid.

The “Dieselgate” scandal was uncovered in September 2015 as a result of investigations by American environmental authorities and scientists. VW plunged into the worst crisis in its history, resulting in billions in legal costs and damaged consumer confidence. The accused in the current proceedings are said to have knowingly and willingly been involved in the creation and further development of the manipulation software in different periods of offense.