Volkswagen’s former chief executive Martin Winterkorn, who resigned shortly after the carmaker’s Dieselgate scandal broke, has agreed to appear before a German parliamentary committee looking into the scandal.
Herbert Behrens, a parliamentarian from Germany’s opposition Left Party and head of the investigative committee, confirmed to Handelsblatt that Mr. Winterkorn would appear on Thursday, January 19.
It would mark the first time that Mr. Winterkorn has spoken publicly since his resignation in September 2015. It comes amid allegations, being investigated by the FBI, that the former CEO may have known about the scandal well before it was publicly revealed that month.
“We hope for an explanation how the system of cheating could emerged, amid the absence of state oversight,” Oliver Kirscher, a Green Party parliamentarian and also a member of the committee, told Handelsblatt.