Four former VW employees go on trial in Dieselgate lawsuit By Reuters
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany (Reuters) – Four former employees of carmaker Volkswagen (DE:) went on trial on Thursday over the Dieselgate scandal in which illegal software was used to cheat emission tests.
Although Martin Winterkorn is not being tried separately, the Braunschweig trial started in his absence.
Braunschweig Prosecutors stated that the four defendants were aware of illegal software, but did not raise it. Instead, they sought to maximize profits and their bonuses.
Sources in the judiciary said that either defendants claimed they were unaware of or informed their superiors.
Volkswagen admitted to cheating U.S. diesel engines tests in 2015. It was the largest crisis Volkswagen has faced in its history.
The scandal has resulted in more than 32 million euros (or $37.7 billion) in fines, legal fees and vehicle repairs.
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