May 17, 2018 / 12:46 PM / a year ago

Diesel fallout is responsibility of carmakers: German minister

FILE PHOTO: German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer arrives at German government guesthouse Meseberg Palace in Meseberg, Germany, April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - German carmakers will have to take responsibility for the fallout from their cheating in diesel cars’ emission tests, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said on Thursday.

In a statement issued by his ministry, he also described as “disconcerting” a decision by the European Commission to take Germany to court for breaching air targets.

“It is the judiciary that is responsible for prosecuting crime in Germany,” he wrote. “It is disconcerting that the European Commission doesn’t appear to know this.”

Writing by Joseph Nasr

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