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Volkswagen executive convicted in U.S. may seek transfer to Germany

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Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt.

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The paper said such a request would have to be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice as well as a German court.

Schmidt was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison and fined $400,000, the maximum possible under a plea deal the German national made with prosecutors in August after admitting to charges of conspiring to mislead U.S regulators and violate clean-air laws.

Schmidt read a written statement in court acknowledging his guilt.

Welt am Sonntag quoted Schmidt's lawyer Alexander Saettele as saying that he was looking into a possible appeal but that no decision had been made yet.

The verdict "was not a surprise, but it was still disappointing to him that he was not able to get through to the judge," Saettele told the paper.

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