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The US charges a former Audi manager in ‘Dieselgate’ case

07/07/2017 - 11:56

The US authorities charged the ex-manager of Audi (a division of the German automotive concern Volkswagen) in connection of a case of violation of US environmental standards. This is stated in a message issued on Thursday by the US Department of Justice.

The agency notes that 60-year-old Giovanni Pamio, a citizen of Italy, is accused of conspiracy to fraud and violation of US environmental standards. According to the Ministry of Justice, in the period from 2006 to 2015, Pamio led a team of engineers responsible for creating systems that monitor the levels of harmful substances in the exhaust gases of cars intended for sale in the United States.

"Pamio instructed Audi employees to develop and apply software to circumvent the standard US tests for the content of harmful substances in the exhaust gas," the report says.

Last year, Volkswagen agreed to pay a total of $ 15.3 billion for violations of environmental standards in the US. In particular, the company spent about $ 10 billion to repair or buy out about 475,000 cars with two-liter diesel engines sold within the country. The concern also committed to pay $ 2.7 billion for elimination of environmental damage, and to allocate $ 2 billion for development of vehicles that pollute the environment to a lesser extent.

Volkswagen found itself in the center of the scandal after regulators discovered software, which allowed to understate the content of harmful substances in the exhaust gases of cars with diesel engines. These cars fully meet the US environmental standards on paper, yet in fact their engines exceeded the established limit level of air pollution by 30-40 times. The concern admitted that the problem of falsifying this data affected up to 11 million cars around the world. Other countries also filed lawsuits against Volkswagen.

In mid-June, the US Justice Department issued a warrant for the arrest of five former managers of the German automotive company Volkswagen in connection with the Dieselgate scandal. The agency intends to search them around the world, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung the newspaper. Representatives of Volkswagen are accused of fraud committed by a group of persons on preliminary conspiracy, and violation of US environmental regulations.