Former Audi CEO Stadler will not go to jail
Former Audi boss Rupert Stadler gets off with a suspended sentence and a fine after his involvement in the diesel scandal. The Munich Regional Court has now sentenced Stadler to 21 months of suspended imprisonment and a fine of 1.1 million euros.
Rupert Stadler was the first former Volkswagen board member to admit in court that he was partly responsible for the company’s emissions fraud. The USA EPA discovered the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal in 2015, which resulted in major fines for parent company Volkswagen and the founding of charging subsidiary Electrify America in 2017. The scandal cost Volkswagen over $30 billion in fines and settlements, and two executives were imprisoned in the USA.
The Munich regional court also sentenced the former head of engine development, Wolfgang Hatz, and a former Audi engineer to suspended prison sentences and fines. The two were accused of ensuring that diesel engines met emissions limits during testing but not on the road to save on construction costs. Prosecutors had objected to a plea agreement. However, the verdicts are likely to be appealed.