Audi CEO arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

Stadler attends company's annual news conference in Ingolstadt Germany

Stadler attends company's annual news conference in Ingolstadt Germany

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested in Munich Monday in connection with the diesel-cheating scandal, making him the highest-profile target in the probe that's engulfed the carmaker and parent Volkswagen for nearly three years.

A court hearing to determine whether Stadler would remain in jail was ongoing, the company said, adding that it wouldn't comment further due to the ongoing investigation.

Stadler is the most senior Volkswagen to be arrested over the so-called Dieselgate that came to light in 2015.

Volkswagen, which last week agreed to pay a fine of €1 billion ($1.2 billion) imposed by German prosecutors, confirmed the arrest.

"The suspect has been seen by a judge, who has ordered him to be remanded in custody".

"We confirm that Mr Stadler was arrested this morning".

"The arrest warrant is based on concealment of evidence", Munich prosecutors said.

Last month, Audi admitted that another 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines have emission software issues.

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.

CEO Rupert Stadler was detained on Monday on suspiscion of fraud, according to prosecutors in the city of Munich.

The vehicle manufacturer pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the United States and nine managers, including former CEO Martin Winterkorn, were charged.

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