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