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Change in prosecutorial strategy in VW case?

Tom Fox | July 18, 2017

Will any Volkswagen senior executives be brought to justice in the United States for their role in the emissions testing scandal? While eight VW executives have been indicted, only one executive has been arrested. It was Oliver Schmidt, a Volkswagen AG executive who was arrested In January when departing the United States from a Christmas vacation. One other lower-level U.S. employee has been indicted and has pled guilty. The remaining five executives who have been indicted live in Germany, which is disinclined to extradite its citizens to the United States for trial. Of those five indicted, none were senior executives in the company.

Now, however, the Justice Department may be changing its strategy, as it has charged a former executive at VW’s luxury car brand Audi, Zaccheo Giovanni Pamio. The key difference that facilitated the arrest of Pamio, which happened in Germany, is that he was an Italian citizen living in Germany who was not a German citizen. While Pamio is seen...

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