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Prosecutors open investigation into Volkswagen's emissions scandal

Published tisdag 12 januari 2016 kl 13.29
Prosecutor: "important for us is to see if there are any crimes being committed in Sweden"
(2:11 min)
A Volkswagen car on sale in Sweden. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT.
A Volkswagen car on sale in Sweden. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT.

Prosecutors at Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit have launched a preliminary investigation into Volkswagen after the German automaker was caught cheating on US diesel emissions tests.

Chief public prosecutor Alf Johansson will lead the investigation into whether the company committed fraud or used false documents when it exported thousands of diesel models to Sweden between 2009 and 2015.

The cars contain software that sensed when the vehicle was undergoing an emissions test and activated equipment that reduced emissions. The illegal modification let Volkswagen pass pollution tests without sacrificing performance.

"The most important part for us is to see if there are any crimes being committed in Sweden and committed by persons who can be liable in the Swedish court," Johansson tells Radio Sweden.

Prosecutors stated in the news release that Volkswagen's Swedish branch has said it will cooperate fully with the investigation. Reuters reports that a spokesperson for Volkswagen in Sweden has welcomed the investigation and that denied that the Swedish branch is guilty of the accusations.

Johansson says it's unknown how long the initial investigation will take.

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