Prosecutors in Munich have arrested a second Audi employee in connection with the automaker's diesel emissions scandal and increased the number of suspects in a related investigation. They have also searched personal premises, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. Audi offices were not part of the raid, she said.
Audi admitted in November 2015, two months after parent Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal broke, that its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines were fitted with an auxiliary control device deemed illegal in the United States. U.S. authorities are seeking to extradite a former Audi manager arrested in July in connection with the diesel investigation.
The man, who in Germany can only be identified as "Giovanni P," is presumably Giovanni Pamio. He has been charged in the U.S. with conspiring to defraud U.S. regulators and consumers through software designed to cheat emissions tests in thousands of Audis.