Saturday, January 21, 2017

Report of the law firm of Jones Day: Volkswagen holds internal investigation secret – daily mirror

Volkswagen considers the comprehensive internal investigation results to the diesel scandal under wraps. As the company confirmed, will not be published the report of the independent law firm Jones Day, which spotted nearly one and a half years, huge amounts of data and thousands of files as well as the group surveyed employees. VW had announced this several times.

the findings of The in September 2015, by the group representative lawyers had been included in the by the US authorities published a “Statement of Facts”, said a VW spokesman. With the publication of this documentation, the events, the necessity of a separate report to make redundant. VW had this in a lapidary sentence in a communication from 11. January, declared after the comparison with the US Department of justice had been achieved. VW is not going to take them to the Jones-Day-results position, “in order to avoid Prejudices and not to interfere with the ongoing investigations”.

release has been postponed several times

VW Board of management and the Supervisory Board had to be put, a publication of the prospect – for the first time for April 2016 and postponed several times, because a comparison with the U.S. Department of justice threatened walkout and risks for the group. The last Chairman of the Supervisory Board Hans Dieter Pötsch announced at the annual General meeting in June of 2016, Volkswagen wool vehicles, the allegations around the software manipulations in the world more than eleven million diesel “in a transparent and comprehensively to inform”. Pötsch said: “the Supervisory Board and the Board of Directors currently expect that the facts that are the subject of the investigation, be fully published after we have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of justice.” Jones Day is planning to complete the investigation in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Also in the company is the refusal to criticized

a comprehensive publication now can no longer speak. Because the findings of Jones Day, are apparently so explosive, that each sentence would have to be agreed before publication with the US authorities, Volkswagen a report on the advice of his lawyers.

criticism of this approach comes also from the company. “This is legally comprehensible in the world outside, but fatal,” it said on Friday in Wolfsburg. Volkswagen enlarge the Public resulting loss of confidence after the diesel scandal. Of an “absolute absurdity,” the language of the Green-transport politician Oliver Krischer. “We are witnessing the piecemeal ways of retreat from the enlightenment of work”, he told the daily mirror. The reference of VW in the USA published a “Statement of Facts” advanced””. The group would also expect the German Public to “complicated issues”. Otherwise, don’t be a fresh start after the diesel scandal, credible, said Krischer, a member of the investigation Committee of the Bundestag

car President Wissmann in front of the Committee of inquiry

On Thursday, had heard of the Committee Ex-VW boss Martin Winterkorn. The 69-Year-old legally had left sensitive questions with reference to the ongoing investigations of the Prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig unanswered. Also as a witness in a compensation process to the exhaust gas scandal winter grain does not have to testify. The district court of Paderborn acknowledged the Exmanager on Friday a comprehensive right to refuse to testify as a court spokesman announced. Provided that this decision will not be appealed, does not need to appear initially in the stand called winter grain yet in the process. The right to refuse to make a statement, it was clear from the ongoing investigations of the Prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig against the winter grain. Against him, the initial suspicion is to have the capital market too late, the exhaust gas scandal informed. In addition, it is yet to be decided on several open claims against winter grain in person.

the Committee of inquiry was published on Thursday evening also Matthias Wissmann, President of the car Federation VDA. After his presentation there has been in the German car industry to the detection of the VW scandal, no exchange of exhaust gas tricks with the Federal government. “Manipulations by means of a “defeat device” (switch-off device for exhaust gas purification) were not known to me,” said Wissmann. With such programs VW emission levels of nitric had oxide in the test mode, artificially depressed, while you were in normal operation is several times higher. the dpa


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