VW offices raided by S Korean prosecutors in emissions probe
SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean prosecutors searched the local authorities of Volkswagen and Audi within a probe into an discharges case, a spokesman for VW's local device said, supporting media reports.
Volkswagen and Audi encounter a flurry of lawful grievances worldwide after Vw declared in September to falsifying U.S. discharges evaluations on some of its diesel automobiles.
Yonhap News Agency said investigators in the Seoul Supreme Prosecutors' Office raided the office as well as the home of an anonymous senior business official on Friday. They confiscated e-mails traded with central offices and files on discharges affirmation and car certification, the report mentioned.
A spokesman for Volkswagen Korea supported the raid but offered no other particulars, and re-iterated the firm is working with the probe.
Two officers using the prosecutors' office are not immediately available for comment.
The nation 's environment ministry last month stated it might file a charge from the South-Korean unit of Volkswagen/Audi and two business officials, stating that their automobiles don't match permissible emission amounts demanded for legal reasons.
Under South-Korean environmental legislation, a responsible conviction could lead to a jail term of up to seven years along with a fine of up to 100-million won ($81,253), the ministry has stated.
Volkswagen and Audi best the imported auto sales positions in Republic Of Korea, the 2nd-largest Asian market for diesel automobiles after India.
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