German Court Keeps Dieselgate Document Confidential

German Court Keeps Dieselgate Document Confidential

0 comments 📅23 February 2017, 14:00

A German court Wednesday barred the civic disclosure of a document submitted by a plaintiff in a labor case brought against Audi. The plaintiff, earlier Audi engineer Ullrich Weiss, was fired last week for “corpulent breach of duty.”

The document, reports Automotive News, was related to Volkswagen and Audi’s diesel emissions insinuation.

Audi motioned to have the document discussed confidentially, and reporters were asked to off the public hearing while the court discussed the document.

“I regret that the overt was barred,” said Hans-Georg Kauffeld, the lawyer for the plaintiff, declining to reference further.

Weiss has been on paid leave for a year and half, according to Germany’s Handelsblatt. Audi counsel Christian Bitsch told the court, publicly, that Weiss knew there the scandal since September 2015. Bitsch went on to say that Weiss destroyed documents and encouraged his employees to do the identical.

Weiss’s lawyer rejected the allegations.

German tabloid BILD, for the moment, reports that a long hidden note telling Weiss to cheat was brought up in court Tuesday. Neither the German also pressurize nor the wider automotive press support this account, which was later reported on by Forbes.

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