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Judge denies bail for VW executive arrested in USA

Published: 13 January 2017 Friday, 08:30  PM

Judge denies bail for VW executive arrested in USA

Bonn, Jan 13 (deutschenews24.de/dpa)- A Volkswagen executive arrested in the United States over the German carmaker`s emissions-cheating scandal has been denied bail by a federal judge in Miami.

The 48-year-old was one of six current or former Volkswagen executives charged on Wednesday. He remains in custody in Miami but will face trial at a court in Detroit, Michigan.

Prosecutors in Miami argued Thursday that the executive, who had been on holiday in the United States, was a flight risk and could not be extradited under German law if he returned to his home country. The other five executives are believed to reside in Germany.

A criminal complaint signed by an FBI agent on December 30 accuses the executive of "knowingly participating" in a conspiracy that stretched from 2006 until at least September 2015, when VW publicly admitted to the emissions scheme.

The executive headed VW`s environmental and engineering office in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with primary responsibility for US regulatory compliance.

The scandal centres around VW`s installation of software in the engines of 11 million diesel-fueled cars worldwide in order to cheat environmental standards.

Volkswagen this week admitted guilt and agreed to pay 4.3 billion dollars in criminal and civil settlements to the US government.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday the indictments were for crimes including conspiracy to defraud the US, violations of environmental laws, and wire fraud.