Munich prosecutors arrest the former head of R&D at Porsche marking the first arrest in Germany following VW’s diesel emission scandal

While Wolfgang Hatz’s personal premises were searched by prosecutors in Germany, corporate locations were not part of the raid.

As per a source familiar with the matter at hand, prosecutors from Munich have arrested a former member of Porsche board in connection with the emission scandal of its parent Volkswagen.

The arrest of Wolfgang Hatz, a former Research and Development chief at Porsche and head of powertrain development at Audi, marks the first arrest of a former Volkswagen’s board member in Germany.

A lawyer representing Hatz declined to confirm the arrest and also declined any further comment.

Hatz left Porsche in 2016 following his suspension at Volkswagen after the emissions test-cheating scandal broke in September 2015.

In May 2016, Porsche had said, investigations had found no evidence against him.

Earlier prosecutors from Munich had said they had arrested a second suspect whose identity is yet to be disclosed. They have widened the number of suspects in their investigation.

As per a spokeswoman for the Munich prosecutors, they have searched the personal premises of the suspects while adding that corporate locations were not part of the raid.

As per Audi’s spokesman, the company has no knowledge of the arrest and it continues to cooperate with authorities.

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