Volkswagen has paid more than $20 billion in indulgences to the United States to atone for its sins in the diesel emissions scandal, but the automaker’s reckoning with Uncle Sam is far from over, at least for some former senior people who have left the company.
The US Justice Department has filed a so-called “red notice” with Interpol, the international law enforcement organization based in France, for the arrest of five former VW managers and developers in connection with the diesel emissions scandal, according to reports by the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and German public broadcasters NDR and WDR.
The red notice calls on Interpol member states to arrest the suspects and extradite them to the United States, where they face long jail sentences if they are convicted on charges of fraud and violating US environmental laws. The suspects, however, are unlikely to see their day in US court. All five reside in Germany, which generally does not extradite its citizens to foreign countries as a matter of principle. The state prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig is also investigating the suspects.