BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany — Four former employees of carmaker Volkswagen were on trial Thursday over the Dieselgate scandal, which used illegal software to cheat emissions tests.
The trial, which took place in the city of Braunschweig, close to Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, began without former CEO Martin Winterkorn, with a separate trial at a later date.
Braunschweig prosecutors said the four employees accused of fraud were aware of the illegal software, but failed to raise the issue, instead seeking maximum profits for the carmaker and, consequently, their performance bonuses, Braunschweig prosecutors said.
Judicial sources said the defendants either claim that they did not know about the manipulation or had informed their superiors about it.
Volkswagen admitted to cheating US diesel engine tests in 2015, the biggest crisis in its history.
It has cost the world’s second largest carmaker more than 32 billion euros ($37.7 billion) so far in vehicle repairs, fines and legal costs.
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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times