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Audi CEO targeted in German prosecutor's emissions probe

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(Reuters) - German prosecutors on Monday said they have widened an emissions cheating probe against Volkswagen's to include among the suspects accused of fraud and

The public prosecutor's office said it is now probing 20 suspects, and that it had on Monday searched the apartment of and one other current

"Since May 30, 2018 the of the board of AG Prof. as well as a further member of the management board are now named suspects," the prosecutor's office said.

The probe triggers a leadership crisis at and its parent where Stadler in April was elevated to the post of

prosecutors said the two suspects are being probed for suspected fraud and and their suspected role in helping to bring cars equipped with on to the European market.

Audi said it is fully cooperating with the prosecutors.

Stadler was not immediately available for comment.

Audi, the biggest contributor to Volkswagen's profit, admitted in November 2015 that its 3.0 litre V6 diesel engines were fitted with a device deemed illegal in the that allowed cars to evade emissions limits.

Audi said last month that it had discovered emissions-related problems with a further 60,000 cars, dealing a fresh setback to more than 2-1/2 years after it first admitted to cheating U.S. diesel exhaust tests.

Stadler ran at Audi for four years before becoming in 2007. He was a confidant of, and former to, then-VW Ferdinand Piech, the scion of Volkswagen's controlling clan who was himself ousted in 2015.

In March Audi's 20-strong supervisory board recommended that shareholders endorse Stadler as even as prosecutors raided Audi to investigate who was involved in the use of any deployed in the affected 80,000 VW, Audi and cars in the

(Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by and Dale Hudson)

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 16:01 IST
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