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Prosecutors in Germany launch probe into former Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn

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German prosecutors in Lower Saxony have begun an investigation against former Volkswagen chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn.

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The probe will look at "allegations of fraud in the sale of cars with manipulated emissions data", the prosecutor's office said.

Winterkorn quit last week after almost nine years at the helm of Volkswagen, saying he had no knowledge of the manipulation of emissions results.

In Germany anyone can file a criminal complaint with prosecutors, who are then obliged to examine them and decide whether there is enough evidence to open a formal investigation.

In this case, following the U.S. revelations about the rigged tests, prosecutors in Braunschweig, near VW's headquarters in Wolfsburg, received about a dozen complaints, including one from Volkswagen itself, said spokeswoman Julia Meyer.

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