FRANKFURT, March 16 German prosecutors searched
the offices of Jones Day, the lawfirm tasked by Volkswagen
with investigating its diesel emissions cheating
scandal, a step which VW said was "unacceptable."
German paper Handelsblatt first reported that the
prosecutor's office in Munich had ordered the search as part of
its probe into VW's role handling a cover up of systematic
"We see the actions of the Munich prosecutor as unacceptable
in every way. In our opinion the search of a lawfirm mandated by
a company contravenes the principles of the code of criminal
procedure," Volkswagen spokesman Eric Felber said in a
Volkswagen will take every legal step possible to counteract
this, Felber said.
Jones Day and the Munich prosecutor's office were not
immediately available for comment.
Jones Day was mandated by Volkswagen's (VW) supervisory
board shortly after the emissions cheating broke in September
2015 to pilot a probe of the carmaker's manipulations.
Jones Day found wrongdoing by certain high-level VW
employees but exonerated members of the management board. VW has
never published the full findings of its Jones Day report,
although a summary was handed to the United States Department of
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Additional reporting by Joern
Poltz and Irene Preisinger; Editing by Christoph Steitz)