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Rupert Stadler released on bail

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Former Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler who has been languishing in prison since June has been released. While the investigation over diesel-emission cheating against him continues, a Munich court has ruled that the 55-year-old while on bail cannot contact anyone involved in the investigation.

These directives were issued in a bid to hedge the possibility of evidence tampering, the Munich Appeals Court said and claimed that the evidence against him is strong.

In August, a lower court denied his request to be freed, but he’s successfully appealed. He was held in a prison close to the Bavarian town of Augsburg since June 18th.

Stadler, who stepped down October 2nd, was the highest profile executive detained since Audi parent company Volkswagen AG was engulfed in the diesel emissions cheating scandal in 2015. 

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