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According to a media report, the former Porsche Development Director Wolfgang Hatz is said to be in custody. The US judiciary suspected the manager in 2016 as a possible co-conspirator in the emissions scandal.
According to a report, the former Porsche Development Director and Audi engine developer Wolfgang Hatz is in custody. An investigative judge in Munich ordered this step against the close confidante of ex-VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, reported "Süddeutsche Zeitung", NDR and WDR on Thursday.
Chief Prosecutor Andrea Grape said the circle of suspects had expanded. According to the former Audi engine developer P., another former Audi employee was arrested on Wednesday. There were also two searches and seizures. Furthermore, there was no board member or former board member of Audi AG among them, it said. The public prosecutor did not provide any further information. The "Handelsblatt" had previously reported on it.
Hatz at Audi until 2007
From 2001 to 2007, Hatz was initially head of engine development at Audi, then at VW and from 2011 until his leave of absence in September 2015, Head of Development at Porsche AG. Last year he agreed on a termination agreement with Porsche. In an internal investigation, however, no misconduct was proven.
The US judiciary suspected Hatz in 2016 as a possible “co-conspirator” in exhaust gas manipulation. Investigators in the United States said he knew about it or at least overlooked it. Since March, the Munich II public prosecutor's office responsible for Ingolstadt has been investigating "against unknown persons on suspicion of fraud and criminal advertising" in connection with diesel engines. Audi engine developer P. has been in custody in Munich for three months on suspicion of fraud and the risk of fleeing. From 2006 to 2015 he was one of the company's leading developers in Neckarsulm. According to "Süddeutscher Zeitung", NDR and WDR, Hatz is now also burdened by P's statements.
The US judiciary accuses P. of having "instructed Audi employees to develop and install software that is used to fool the standard US emissions tests". She demands an extradition of the manager. Audi took P. on leave in 2015 and terminated him without notice at the beginning of 2017. His lawsuit, however, is pending before the Heilbronn Labor Court. (dpa)