Former head of Volkswagen could face 10 years in prison

Martin Winterkorn and other executives charged with fraud over emissions test cheating

The former boss of Volkswagen (VW) and four other executives face up to a decade in prison after being charged with fraud by German prosecutors over the carmaker’s systematic cheating in emissions tests on diesel vehicles.

Martin Winterkorn resigned as chief executive in September 2015 after US authorities accused VW of deliberately manipulating its cars’ performance under emissions test conditions – meaning its vehicle emissions seemed much less polluting than in normal driving.

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