A South Korean court issued last week an arrest warrant for one of Volkswagen’s executives from the local branch, as part of the investigation over the emissions scandal.
South Korean officials have pointed their guns at Volkswagen, following the company’s admission of diesel tests wrongdoing. Right after the scandal broke in September, authorities fined the German carmaker with 14.1 billion won (around 12 million dollars), for them to order the local branch to submit a recall plan for 125,522 vehicles, and filed a criminal complaint against two executives. Reuters reports the investigation has now led to another top manager, who has to prepare himself for some time in jail, as he has been accused of five claims, including falsification of documents and violation of the Air Quality Preservation Law. Volkswagen, alongside its premium marque Audi, are also facing numerous lawsuits in South Korea from customers asking compensation over the emissions trick.
The South Korean arrest warrant has come days after the German prosecutors opened an inquiry targeting former CEO Martin Winterkorn and brand chief Herbert Diess for manipulating the markets by not disclosing earlier information about the cheating and financial implications of the Dieselgate. This week, in the United States, Europe’s biggest automaker is said to propose to regulators and owners of the affected cars a diesel agreement worth over 10 million dollars, which includes an average of 5,000 dollars in compensation to customers.