German prosecutors said the death of a guy within a burning vehicle in lower saxony on monday night is related to a spy scandal at volkswagen, germanys largest carmaker.

Braunschweiger zeitung, an area magazine, on wednesday night stated that the deceased ended up being a vw employee who had been suspended this month after the carmaker accused him of privately recording inner conferences about a dispute with a supplier.

The vehicle and body were present knigslutter, a city about 20km south of wolfsburg, in which vw has its own head office.

A spokeswoman for the workplace of unlawful prosecutors in braunschweig told the financial days there ended up being a match up between the demise together with spying scandal but declined to offer details.

The human body hasn't yet been identified and the cause of the fire is ambiguous, relating to prosecutors. an autopsy found no proof that some body killed the guy, the prosecutors company included.

Vw declined to comment, stating that it hadn't received formal notification about a possible loss of one of its employees.

The carmaker previously this thirty days filed a criminal issue against certainly one of its workers who worked in a middle-management position in procurement, accusing him of privately recording around 50 hours of internal group meetings in 2017 and 2018.

In the meetings, vw staff talked about the companys business model with avoid, a bosnian car-parts supplier that's owned because of the category of businessman nijaz hastor.

Prevent fell on with vw in 2016 over a failed project. two of their subsidiaries had been demanding 58m in damages and ended delivering carseat covers and transmission parts, bringing manufacturing at vws biggest factory to a temporary standstill.

Even though the carmaker as well as its supplier later on ended the stand-off, appropriate battles within the dispute are still ongoing.

Vw in 2017 and 2018 put up an interior task power that talked about dealing with the recalcitrant provider. secret recordings of the group meetings plus huge amounts of written records about all of them were last thirty days reported because of the german version of company insider. individuals knowledgeable about the information for the situation stated that it was confusing why and on whose behalf the meetings had been recorded.

In 2018, vw made a decision to cut all its company interactions with companies which can be had by avoid.

Previously this month, braunschweig prosecutors said which they were examining whether a fire in-may that ruined the house regarding the suspended vw staff member was caused by arson and whether it ended up being for this spying scandal.

A spokesman for prevent stated the demise had been a tragic occasion and declined to review more.

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