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Germany widen Dieselgate probe to Volkswagen chairman

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Hans Dieter Poetsch
Auto industry   Software that deactivated pollution controls

Volkswagen (VW) said on Sunday that German prosecutors had widened an investigation into suspected market manipulation to include supervisory board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch.

The investigation, which relates to Poetsch's time as finance chief of VW, is the latest fallout from the carmaker's admission last year that it cheated on diesel emissions tests.

The prosecutor's office in Braunschweig first announced the probe in June, targeting former VW Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn and VW brand chief Herbert Diess for suspected market manipulation related to the carmaker's emissions scandal.

VW has admitted that it installed software that deactivated pollution controls on more than 11 million diesel vehicles sold worldwide, rattling its global business, damaging its reputation and prompting the departure of CEO Winterkorn.

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