The Berlin State Attorney’s Office has filed a lawsuit against Martin Winterkorn, the former head of Volkswagen, because he made false statements about the manipulation of the company’s engine before the Bundestag investigative committee.
Winterkorn was specifically accused of making false statements before the Bundestag Investigative Committee, which was dealing with an incident involving the manipulation of the value of harmful substances in Volkswagen’s engines, related to the moment when he himself was instructed to use the car’s software. manipulate.
According to the lawyer, Winterkorn stated that it was not until September 2015 that he was told that the software he was using could recognize engine tests and automatically reduce the power, thereby reducing the amount of harmful substances, thereby creating a false impression of the engine’s environmental performance.
However, according to the indictment, Winterkorn had been informed in May of the same year that it had used the prohibited software, but had not informed the shareholders.
Bild newspaper quoted the source of Wendern’s colleague as reporting that the former Volkswagen manager believed that the prosecution was a “pre-election campaign” initiated by the ruling coalition before the fall parliamentary elections.
His office claimed that the charges against him by the Berlin State Attorney’s Office have now become the subject of a lawsuit against Winterkorn by the Brunswick court.
At the same time, followers of Wolfsburg announced that they had reached an agreement with Wendern to compensate 11.2 million euros for breach of their obligations to shareholders.
To date, scandals involving engine manipulation have cost Volkswagen more than 32 billion euros in damages, fines and court costs.