German authorities have arrested Audi CEO and FC Bayern Munich supervisory board member Rupert Stadler in connection with the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Audi is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen group.
Stadler was taken into custody after police conducted a search of home as part of an investigation into fraud and documentation irregularities. According to a statement from Volkswagen, a judge authorized Stadler’s arrest at the request of prosecution because he was deemed a flight risk.
Stadler is the second member of Bayern Munich’s advisory board to face charges in the scandal. Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was indicted in the United States in May, facing a fine and significant prison time. Two Volkswagen executives are already serving prison sentences in the United States, but it is highly unlikely that Winterkorn would be extradited to stand trial.
Volkswagen have temporarily released Stadler from his position on their executive Board of Management pending the case. Bayern Munich has not commented on the case. Both Winterkorn and Stadler remain on Bayern’s supervisory board as of this writing.
Source: Mark Lovell, ESPN.