US authorities have issued international arrest warrants for five former Volkswagen (VW) managers and developers over the Dieselgate emissions scandal, reported Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday.
The former VW executives stand accused of conspiring to commit fraud and violating US environmental regulations, according to the report. It added that at least two of them were confidants of former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn.
VW has struggled to put an end to the fallout caused by revelations in 2015 that several of its diesel models included software that deliberately cheated emissions tests. The ensuing scandal led to Winterkorn’s resignation.
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According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany is not expected to hand over the five suspects to American authorities. However, the international arrest warrant makes it nearly impossible for them to leave the country since most countries abide by Interpol warrants.
If confirmed, the warrants would mark the latest move by the …