German Prosecutor Says May Conclude Further Vw Probe This Year


BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany – Prosecutors said a probe against senior Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) executives for market manipulation could be concluded this year, after they ordered the carmaker to pay 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to settle claims for emissions cheating.

“On market manipulation, it is possible that there will be a decision this year. A decision does not necessarily mean bringing charges, it could mean closing the proceedings,” Braunschweig prosecutor Klaus Ziehe said at a news conference on Thursday.

On Wednesday Braunschweig prosecutors fined Volkswagen for failing to prevent diesel emissions cheating, in what amounts to one of the highest ever fines imposed by German authorities against a company.

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