Munich prosecutors, who earlier this month widened their probe into Audi, said Rupert Stadler was being held due to fears he might hinder their investigation into the scandal, plunging Volkswagen into a leadership crisis.
The public prosecutor's office said that it was investigating 20 suspects, and that it had raided apartments of Stadler and another board member last Monday. It said shortly afterward that a judge had ordered him kept in custody pending possible charges at prosecutors' request.
Volkswagen, which last week agreed to pay a fine of €1 billion ($1.2 billion) imposed by German prosecutors, confirmed the arrest. Herbert Diess was given the top job in April and he said that besides focusing on new technologies, like electric cars, he wanted to build a more open, values-based culture to avoid the cheating that led to the emissions scandal.
The United States filed criminal charges against former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn in May, but he is unlikely to face US authorities because Germany does not extradite its nationals to countries outside the European Union. The executive was arrested at his home in Ingolstadt in the early hours on Monday, they said.
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Rupert Stadler has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the diesel emissions scandal.
Volkswagen declined 2.2% to €157.88 and traded 2% lower at 11.50am in local trading, extending losses this year to 5.2%. "The hearing to determine whether he will be remanded is ongoing". The major auto group had admitted to equipping roughly 11 million vehicles worldwide with a "cheating software" that was created to illegally pass pollution tests.
The scandal has so far cost the VW group more than 25 billion euros ($29 billion) in buybacks, fines and compensation, and the company remains mired in legal woes at home and overseas.