Did VW Chief Executive Herbert Diess testify in the criminal case?
Did VW Chief Executive, Herbert Diess, just testify in the VW criminal case?
According to Reuters, who have cited German newspaper Bild, Herbert Diess may have travelled to the US earlier this month to testify as part of the US’ ongoing criminal case against VW for their cheat device scandal.
Reportedly, Diess met with representatives from the DoJ (Department of Justice) and the FBI – which could be a big moment in the criminal case against them!
Volkswagen has not commented on the reported story. It’s assumed that Diess, who joined VW just months prior to the breaking of the scandal, must have had no part in the orchestration of the use of so-called “defeat devices”, or he may have been taking a risk travelling to the US in the first place. As has been widely reported so far, Germany does not have extradition treaties with the US, meaning former bosses may never see their day in court in the US unless they go there willingly, or are caught in a country with an extradition treaty with the US.
Former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, was recently charged by the US, but unless he’s willing to go over there and face the charges, there isn’t a great deal the US can do. We highly doubt he will risk being jailed given the weight of the charges against him…
As the UK class action against Volkswagen continues to move ahead, we will make sure that justice is achieved against VW in the UK, given that the UK government are still not looking to pursue any criminal charges against VW here at the moment. Given the extent of the human and environmental damage that the extra NOx from the “Dieselgate” scandal has caused, we must not let VW “off the hook” to be able to get away with this kind of behaviour.
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