Winterkorn’s lawyer Felix Doerr welcomed that the court reduced the charges against his clients, making them much narrower.
The court said it dropped breach of trust and some minor charges against Winterkorn. The judges told prosecutors that they are also likely to reject their demand to have executive’s bonuses seized as part of the case.
“It’s not the accused who pocketed something from the actions, but the carmakers,” the court said.
said the ruling is another step toward coming to terms with the scandal. It said it’s cooperating with the authorities.
The company two years ago found a way out of the probe, paying 1 billion euros to settle with prosecutors.
Alongside the fraud charges, the accused will be tried on tax-evasion allegations. Since the cars received tax breaks for their seemingly reduced emissions, the government lost out on 820,000 euros, according to the statement.
The court is now in talks with prosecution and defense to organize trial details before scheduling dates for the hearings.