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Prosecutors fine Bosch 90 million euro for illicit emissions software

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Prosecutors fine Bosch 90 million euro for illicit emissions software
FILE PHOTO: A Bosch sign is seen in a company building in Stuttgart-Feuerbach, Germany July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle   -   Copyright  Michaela Rehle(Reuters)
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Automotive supplier Bosch has agreed to pay a 90 million euros (79 million pounds) fine for lapses in supervisory duties which enabled carmakers to engage in emissions cheating, German prosecutors in the city of Stuttgart said on Friday.

Privately-held Bosch, the world’s biggest automotive supplier, delivered around 17 million technical devices equipped with engine management software, including tools that allowed carmakers to manipulate emissions tests, prosecutors said in a statement.

Bosch has accepted the fine and will not appeal the decision, they added.

Volkswagen used software provided by Bosch to help the carmaker mask illegal pollution in diesel-engined vehicles.

Volkswagen has borne the brunt of penalties and fines for emissions cheating since carmakers, rather than suppliers are responsible for certifying that cars meet clean air rules.

(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Edward Taylor)

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