For the past few years, there has been a diesel emission scandal involving Volkswagen. The investigation to this case took an unprecedented turn when a former top official with the company was arrested. The information was released by two people who are close to the investigations. The executive in reference is from Germany, and he is referred to as Wolfgang Hatz. Hatz is said to be a former engine development chief. The executive was arrested by Munich police and remains in custody without bail. He is said to have worked with the company’s current chief executive Matthias Muller. During that time, the two used to work for Porsche which is a unit of Volkswagen. This makes him the first German citizen to be arrested in connection with the investigations. At the moment, two people including Mr. Hatz have been arrested. The second person was not a German citizen. In the automotive circles, Mr. Hatz is remembered for the role that he played when working with Porsche research and development where he was the chief. The investigation began two years ago. However, it has proceeded very slowly, and the arrest of Mr. Hatz may suggest that the case has entered a more serious phase.
According to German media outlets, incarcerating the former executive puts him under enormous pressure which will force him to cut a deal. The deal may involve testifying against others. It has been reported that his chances of staying out of jail are good if he opts to corporate. This testimony is likely to build a case against Volkswagen and past executives. This is a case in which the German car maker is accused of manipulating diesel cars in their efforts to reduce emissions. The company has even admitted to these wrongdoings and has been fighting in the past to put the case behind. However, due to privacy rules in Germany, the identity of Mr. Harz was not revealed. Police only said that they had arraigned a suspect in connection to the Volkswagen case. The case is related to the Audi unit which is a subsidiary of Volkswagen. The people who revealed this information to the New York Times sought for anonymity as they would be breaking German protocols on privacy. Information about his arrest was broken by several German media outlets including Suddeutsche, WDR, and NDR. The accused worked as a top official of the company from 2001 – 2007. However, the carmaker refused to comment about the issue.