The previous chief government of the carmaker Volkswagen has been charged in Germany over his involvement within the firm’s diesel emissions scandal.
The general public prosecutor in Braunschweig charged Martin Winterkorn, and 4 different managers, with fraud.
Mr Winterkorn is already dealing with felony costs within the US, however is unlikely to face trial, as Germany doesn’t extradite its residents.
The 71-year-old resigned quickly after the scandal erupted in September 2015.
In an announcement, prosectors accused Mr Winterkorn of a “significantly severe” fraud.
They stated Mr Winterkorn ought to have alerted automotive house owners and authorities in Europe and the US concerning the manipulation of diesel emissions checks sooner.
If discovered responsible, the previous government might face a jail sentence of as much as 10 years.
Prosecutors didn’t identify the opposite 4 senior managers charged.