South Korea sues Volkswagen executive over emission-cheating

SEOUL : South Korea said on Wednesday that its filing a criminal complaint against a senior Volkswagen AG executive, the second such suit in a week over the firm’s emission-cheating scandal.

The environment ministry said it would ask Seoul prosecutors to probe Terence Bryce Johnsson, head of overseas sales with Audi at the Volkswagen Group for selling cars that violate the South’s environmental regulations.

He is registered as a board member of Volkswagen AG’s Korean office, the ministry said. “We filed the complaint to call for a more active response from Volkswagen’s headquarters in Germany, as this matter eventually should be handled by them,” said Hong Dong-Gon, a ministry official in charge of auto environmental standards.

The latest complaint also targeted the firm’s Korean unit and its managing director, Johannes Thammer.

The ministry filed a separate criminal complaint against Thammer last Tuesday, saying a plan the Korean unit submitted for recalling emissions-cheating vehicles was legally deficient.


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