Dramatic turn in the VW scandal over secretly recorded conversations: The alleged whistleblower is said to have been found dead in a burning car.
The suspect, who is said to have recorded internal conversations of the VW group, apparently died on Monday evening. This is reported by the “Wolfsburger Nachrichten” and cites several people who are independently familiar with the matter.
Now the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig is investigating a possible connection between a corpse found in a burning car and the VW wiretapping affair. The autopsy has been completed, but the identity has not yet been finally clarified.
According to the newspaper, it is the suspect in the affair of published corporate internals. The public prosecutor said the investigation had found no evidence of third-party negligence that could have led to the death of the man.
Prosecutor investigates connection to house fire
It was previously announced that prosecutors are also investigating the circumstances of a possible arson attack on the alleged whistleblower’s home. “A possible connection to the fire proceedings is being examined by us,” said a spokeswoman for the Braunschweig public prosecutor on Monday.
Before the group had terminated all contracts with the supplier Prevent in March 2018, company representatives should have discussed longer whether and how the supplier could be “controlled”, as it is called in the industry jargon. A senior Volkswagen employee is said to have recorded these conversations in 2017 and 2018 – the carmaker then filed a criminal complaint.
The online business magazine “Business Insider” had previously reported on investigations into the possible fire crime in the apartment building and the wiretapping affair.