The Audi trial could lose its most prominent defendant today. The commercial criminal chamber of the Munich II regional court must decide on the fourth day of the hearing on the separation of the proceedings against Rupert Stadler.
In addition, the questioning of the accused engine developer Giovanni P., who is said to have caused the manipulation of diesel engines for exhaust gas trickery, according to the prosecutor, continues.
The lawyers of the long-time Audi boss Stadler had requested the separation of the proceedings against their client last week. In their justification, they made clear allegations of the Munich judiciary. The process was “grossly unfair,” said defense attorney Thilo Pfordte. At the core of the criticism is that Stadler is indicted along with the three other accused, although a large part of the actions accused of them do not concern him. The defense thinks it makes more sense to bring Stadler to court together with other accused board members. She also criticizes the fact that important witnesses would be missing in the current constellation because, as accused in other proceedings, they could refuse to testify.
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The prosecution argues that there is an arrest warrant against Stadler. Even if this has now been suspended, Stadler’s case must be dealt with quickly. However, trial observers do not expect the court to approve the separation.
In addition to the decision on the separation, the second day of testimony from engine developer Giovanni P. is due on Tuesday. The former head of department has so far referred the guilt for the emissions tricks up the hierarchy. The pressure in the group was immense, the development time was far too short. Compromises have been rejected and his department has been bombarded with allegations, he said.
In the first German criminal case for the diesel scandal, Stadler and P., the former head of engine development Wolfgang Hatz and the sub-department head Henning L. have been on trial for two weeks. The prosecution accuses them of fraud. In the next few weeks, the Economic Criminal Chamber wants to hear the accused in detail one after the other.