The group of five alleged criminals will not be extradited by Germany, but they will risk arrest if attempting travel to other countries.Interpol warrants have reportedly been issued for five suspects accused of illegal actions in the Volkswagen emissions scandal, according to a Sueddeutsche Zeitung report.The individuals presumably match the list of former high-level managers named in Department of Justice indictments. The latest report does not name the suspects, though it does note they had served as high-level managers, developers and top aides to ousted CEO Martin Winterkorn.
All five have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Several also face additional charges for Clean Air Act violations and wire fraud.
US authorities already arrested a sixth suspect, Oliver Schmidt, in Florida before he had a chance to leave the country. The others are believed to be in Germany, which does not have an extradition agreement with the US.
Although the five remaining suspects are unlikely to be extradited by Germany, they will take a significant risk by traveling to certain other countries.