Ex-Audi boss to confess over emissions cheating

STORY: Former Audi boss Rupert Stadler is set to confess over his role in the emissions cheating scandal.

Lawyers say he’ll make the move in return for a suspended sentence and a payment of 1.1 million euros - or just over $1.2 million.

The former CEO has been on trial since 2020 for his role in the scandal that rocked Audi and parent firm Volkswagen.

In 2015 the firms admitted using illegal software to cheat on emissions tests.

That has cost the VW group billions in lawsuits and fines.

Stadler’s case became one of the most high-profile resulting trials.

He was accused of failing to stop the sale of manipulated cars after the scandal became known.

Stadler has denied all the allegations against him.

But he’s now expected to make a statement on May 16.

A judge will then decide whether it amounts to a complete confession and deliver a verdict.

Prosectors have agreed to the deal, which will spare Stadler up to two years in jail.

Two other former Audi employees have already confessed to manipulating tests.

The firm declined to comment, saying it was not party to the trial.