VW Fires Back at Munich Prosecutors Following Raid

VW Fires Back at Munich Prosecutors Following Raid

0 comments 📅17 March 2017, 23:15

Volkswagen has said that it longing take “every action” at its disposal against prosecutors who searched Jones Day.

Earlier this week, we know that a team of investigators from the Munich prosecutor’s office (all of a add up to others) had conducted a raid of Audi’s two largest factories as well as a number offices and reserved residences associated with both VW and Audi.

Controversially, though, the raids also targeted Jones Day, the law hard that VW tasked with conducting an internal investigation of the dieselgate scandal.

Jones Day’s discovery procedure exonerated members of VW’s management board, but did find wrongdoing by some high ranking officials. A review of the investigation was handed over to US Department of Justice, but VW never published the full findings of the inquiry.

VW has stated that it views the raid as a “clear breach of the principles of the rule of law laid down in the Corpus juris of Criminal Procedure,” according to a press release published on March 16.

In northern German Federal states prosecutors aren’t allowed to government searches of law firms, but there is no German-wide ruling on the matter, so there’s a dark zone there that the prosecutors’ offices could use to their advantage, according to Werner Beulke, a lawful scholar who spoke to Automotive News.

Beulke also explained that Jones Day’s inquisition may potentially not fall under the protection of client attorney privilege because there is a bit of reading to do when a law firm isn’t formally tasked with representing a particular individual.

Volkswagen, conceding that, feels that precedent is behind it. Raiding a law firm breeches the rule of law, says VW, “this been pointedly confirmed by the Federal Constitutional Court in the case of another law firm.”

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