Volkswagen terminates Audi CEO's contract amid emissions probe

Volkswagen terminates Audi CEO's contract amid emissions probe
FILE PHOTO: Audi CEO Rupert Stadler speaks during the company's annual news conference in Ingolstadt, Germany March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Michael Dalder -
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> has terminated the contract of Rupert Stadler, the suspended chief executive of its premium brand Audi, amid an ongoing emissions probe.

He is leaving his posts as management board member of the Volkswagen group and as CEO of Audi with immediate effect, Volkswagen said in a statement on Tuesday.

Stadler was forced to step down temporarily after he was taken into custody in mid-June on suspicion of interfering with an emissions investigation. Sales executive Bram Schot is acting as interim replacement.

Both VW and Audi have said that Stadler is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise.

"Mr. Stadler is (leaving) because, due to his ongoing pre-trial detention, he is unable to fulfil his duties as a member of the board of management and wishes to concentrate on his defence," Volkswagen said in its statement on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Additional reporting by Jan Schwartz; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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