Martin Winterkorn, CEO of the German automotive group Volkswagen, until the fraudulent software scandal toppled him five years ago, is being prosecuted. A court in Braunschweig decided this on Wednesday.
Winterkorn is now facing a public trial for fraud allegations. It is not yet clear when this process will begin.
The 73-year-old former CEO was charged in April 2019 for his role in the scandal surrounding the fraudulent software in diesel cars. He is accused of serious fraud and unfair competition. Buyers of a car with such software were misled, according to the court, and suffered financial losses as a result.
When the diesel scandal broke out in 2015, Winterkorn was CEO of Volkswagen. In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted to cheating with software so that emissions from diesel vehicles were lower under test conditions than under normal road use. Around 2.5 million cars had to be recalled.