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Volkswagen's Korea unit executives indicted in emissions scandal

All News 14:41 January 11, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- Seoul prosecutors on Wednesday indicted former and incumbent chief executives of Volkswagen's Korea operations on charges of fabricating official documents, wrapping up a year-long investigation into the German carmaker's emissions cheating scandal.

Johannes Thammer, who has led Audi Volkswagen Korea (AVK) since late 2012, was charged with violating the Clean Air Conservation Act to win sales approval from the local authorities, according to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

His predecessor Trevor Hill, currently working at the German headquarters, and Park Dong-hoon, who headed AVK from 2005 to 2013 and is the current CEO of Renault Samsung Motors Co., also faces similar charges.

Prosecutors here suspect that the defendants manipulated emissions results using the so-called defeat device and fabricated reports between 2010 and 2016 to meet local standards.

Including the three top executives, prosecutors have indicted a total of seven former and current staff at the carmaker.

One of them -- executive in charge of the vehicle certification process, identified only by his surname Yoon -- was first indicted in July and received a year and a half jail term by a local court on Friday.

AVK and an agent who took part in the company's certification process will also stand trial over the allegations.

In this file photo taken on Aug. 11, 2016, Johannes Thammer, head of Audi Volkswagen Korea, arrives at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office for questioning on the automaker's suspected documents fabrication. The German company is accused of changing noise, fuel efficiency and emissions test results to obtain certifications in South Korea. (Yonhap)


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