May 4, 2018 / 9:46 AM / 4 months ago

Braunschweig probe of ex-Volkswagen CEO unaffected by U.S. indictment - prosecution

HAMBURG (Reuters) - German investigators will continue to probe former Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn’s role in the carmaker’s emissions test cheating scandal, the Braunschweig prosecutors’ office said.

FILE PHOTO: Former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn leaves after testifying to a German parliamentary committee on the carmaker's emissions scandal in Berlin, Germany, January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“Our investigation strategy does not change just because the Americans file charges against Winterkorn,” a spokesman for the prosecutors’ office said on Friday.

The U.S. indictment of Winterkorn, filed in secret in March, was unsealed in U.S. District Court on Thursday as Volkswagen held its annual meeting in Germany.

Reporting by Jan Schwartz; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Arno Schuetze

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