Audi CEO Rupert Stadler detained in diesel emissions case

German prosecutors searched Stadler's private residence last week in their investigation of suspected fraud

GETTY IMAGES German prosecutors searched Stadler's private residence last week in their investigation of suspected fraud

News of the arrest comes as VW's new group CEO Herbert Diess is trying to introduce a new leadership structure, which includes Stadler, and speed up the group's shift toward electric vehicles in the wake of its emissions scandal.

The CEO of German carmaker Audi, Rupert Stadler, was detained Monday in Munich as part of an ongoing investigation into emissions cheating, the city prosecutor's office said. "The suspect has been seen by a judge, who has ordered him to be remanded in custody", the prosecutors' office said in a statement.

Audi and VW confirmed the arrest and reiterated there was still a presumption of innocence for Stadler.

In the Reuters report, Stadler had his contract extended in 2017 and was named as a suspect alongside another unnamed member of Audi's board of management.

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Standler's home was raided last week where Munich prosecutors based the arrest warrant on concealment of evidence. Munich prosecutors and Stadler himself were not immediately available for comment. The arrest has been made in connection with Audi's parent company Volkswagen's role in emissionsgate (dieselgate).

It later admitted so-called defeat devices were fitted to more than 11 million cars worldwide, including 1.2 million in the UK.

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges pressed against the company where two managers are serving prison time in US.

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