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Verdict expected in corruption trial of former VW employee council chief, ex-manager

Verdict expected in corruption trial of former VW employee council chief, ex-manager

A judge is expected to rule Friday in the corruption trial of the former head of Volkswagen AG's powerful employee council, part of an ongoing investigation involving company-paid lavish foreign trips.
Defense attorneys for Klaus Volkert, 48, have argued that he should be cleared of all 48 counts of incitement to breach of trust against him. The trial is part of a wider investigation at VW into whether employee representatives received illegal privileges, including the trips abroad that also involved prostitutes.
Volker's attorney Johann Schwenn noted that if his client is found guilty, precedent from another case in the scandal means he should receive no more than a suspended two-year sentence and a fine.
The attorney for Volkert's co-defendant, VW's former personnel executive Klaus-Joachim Gebauer, also argued for an acquittal on 40 counts of incitement to breach of trust. If found guilty, attorney Wolfgang Kubicki said if his client should be given a suspended fine of euro1,800 (US$2,634).
During the trial, Volkert testified that he helped arrange a lucrative contract for his former girlfriend, but denied that he had done anything wrong.
Gebauer, meanwhile, has stressed that he always acted on behalf of superiors and management, but admitted that the indictment against him was "largely accurate."


Updated : 2021-10-17 16:40 GMT+08:00