Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested over Dieselgate, may obstruct justice

Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi since 2010, has been arrested by German authorities during their Dieselgate investigation because he might obstruct justice.

“As part of the preliminary investigation into the diesel affair concerning Audi engines, the public prosecutor’s office Munich has issued a warrant for arrest on 18.06.2018 of the chairman of the board of management of Audi AG, Prof. Rupert Stadler. The request was granted.

“The accused was brought before the investigating judge who ordered he be remanded in custody.

“The arrest warrant is issued due to the risk of the accused obstructing justice,” the Munich prosector’s office said in a statement.

The company has suspended Stadler, and appointed Abraham Schot, head of sales, as its temporary CEO.

“The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft accepted the request of member of the Group Board of Management Rupert Stadler to release him from his duties as member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG,” Volkswagen said.

“The release is a temporary measure, put in place until the circumstances surrounding Stadler’s arrest have been clarified.”