Prosecutors investigating VW’s diesel emissions scandal have added a new chapter to its ongoing criminal investigation of the carmaker’s emissions manipulation.
“A preliminary investigation has been opened against a VW employee on suspicion of concealment of documents and attempted obstruction of justice,” a spokesman for the prosecutors said in a statement on Thursday, confirming a joint report by German broadcasters NDR and WDR and newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The accused is suspected of having advised colleagues in August last year to delete documents or move files from the carmaker’s computer system, said the prosecutor’s office in the city of Braunschweig, a city in central Germany close to VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg.
Eric Felber, a spokesperson for VW, told Handelsblatt Global Edition that the company does not comment on investigations which are underway.
VW’s shares were down 1.3 percent by noon in Frankfurt, similar to drops by stocks of its rivals Daimler and BMW.