Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will not appear in a German criminal court on charges of manipulating the market as part of the “dieselgate”scandal. However, the court will consider a separate case on a more serious charge against Winterkorn.
It is reported that the former head of Volkswagen is accused of allowing the sale of diesel models of the brand with excessive levels of harmful emissions. The court session will be held at the end of February this year. It is worth noting that in the first case, Winterkorn would have faced up to 5 years in prison and a fine, but in the second case-up to 10 years in prison. Recall that two other defendants in this case – Herbert Diess and Hans Dieter petsch in may last year agreed to pay a fine of 9 million euros for the termination of proceedings against them.