The former Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn leaves Berlin after testifying before a parliamentary committee on the carmaker's emissions scandal in Stuttgart.
BERLIN - German Prosecutor Martin Winterkorn said on Wednesday that they have brought charges against former Volkswagen bosses for giving false testimony to the German parliament when he said he was unaware of the diesel scandal before it broke.
In his testimony, the accused claimed in September 2015 that they had only been informed about defeat devices before realising the death of their targets, said Berlin prosecutors in a statement.
According to the Indictment, he had been aware since May 2015 that the exhaust control software of some VW vehicles had been equipped with a function to manipulate the controls in testing, added prosecutors.
A Winterkorn spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Volkswagen is struggling to draw lines under its biggest ever corporate scandal since it admitted using unsafe software to rig diesel engine tests in the US.