German Police Raid Volkswagen: VW Headquarters Raided

Published: October 8, 2015

German Police Raid Volkswagen: VW Headquarters Raided, Police have raided Volkswagen’s headquarters in Germany as part of an investigation into the diesel emissions scandal that has rocked the company.

The raids were aimed at finding “secure documents and data carriers” that could identify VW staff involved in manipulating diesel emissions tests, prosecutors in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, said in a statement.

The searches came as Michael Horn, the US boss of VW, appears in front of US Congress for what is expected to be a fiery question and answer session.

VW has admitted fitting 11m vehicles with so-called “defeat devices” to cheat diesel emissions tests. The company has suspended four employees, including three who had responsibility for engine development, and hired law firm Jones Day to lead an investigation.

The German prosecutors said: “Today, in connection with the so-called emissions scandal, raids were carried out at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and other locations.

“The raids aimed to secure documents and data carriers that, in view of possible offences, can provide information about the exact conduct of company employees and their identities in the manipulation of exhaust emissions of diesel vehicles.”

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