April 15, 2019 / 11:04 AM / 10 days ago

RPT-German prosecutors press charges against former VW CEO Winterkorn

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FRANKFURT, April 15 (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig said on Monday they were pressing criminal charges against former Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn in connection with the carmaker’s manipulation of diesel emissions testing.

Four other executives are being charged, the prosecutors office said in a statement.

VW has had to recall hundreds of thousands of cars around the world since it admitted in Sept. 2015 to installing illegal software in diesel engines to cheat strict U.S. anti-pollution tests. (Reporting by Ludwig Burger Editing by Michelle Martin)

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