Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn may go to jail for 10 years

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn may go to jail for 10 years

January 15, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

The top executive escaped Volkswagen’s market manipulation trial, but faced another lawsuit.

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will not face a German criminal court on charges of market manipulation in a scandal known as Dieselgate. 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 face up to 5 years in prison and a fine, but in the second – up to 10 years in prison. Recall that two other defendants in this case – Herbert Diess and Hans Dieter Pötsch in May last year agreed to pay a 9 million euros fine for the termination of proceedings against them.