Schmidt had been sentenced to 2017 as an alleged accomplice in the case of VWs exhaust manipulation in the United States to seven years in prison and a $ 400,000 fine. His lawyers have been campaigning for years for an extradition to Germany, where he could serve out his remaining imprisonment. This was previously the former VW engineer James Liang, who had been sentenced, the first accused in the exhaust gas scandal in the United States. He was released at the end of 2019 just a few weeks after his return to Germany early.
Schmidt, was entrusted according to the indictment, from February 2012 to March 2015, a senior VW function with environmental issues in America, and is supposed to have the judicial authorities in their "diesel-gate"investigation, deceived. The FBI had the Germans on 7. January 2017 before the flight back from a Florida vacation in the home caught. If, with Schmidt, a mastermind or a pawn in the scandal, was convicted of causing the VW group already about 30 billion euros of legal costs, is not up to today is quite clear.
The United States accused in the "diesel-gate"affair, a number of former employees of Volkswagen, including the former group chief Martin Winterkorn. However, despite international arrest warrants, most of them no longer have to fear the immediate consequences, because of no extradition to the United States threatens. So far, only Liang and Schmidt, the process could be made. In June, another VW-Manager in Croatia that could be put before the court.Updated Date: 17 July 2020, 03:19