Four ex-Volkswagen Team managers stood demo in Germany accused of fraud for their element in the diesel-rigging scandal that charge the business billions and tarnished its reputation.

The demo — starting 6 many years after the scandal broke — is the initially prison situation to concentrate on executives at VW’s German headquarters who allegedly backed the plan of dodging emissions checks with a software program trick.

The German authorized method usually will not make it possible for community identification of those on demo.

The unnamed managers have been billed in 2019 with owning licensed that motor vehicles be outfitted with a so-referred to as “defeat system” that masked the actual emissions of the vehicles all through tests. The situation covers nine million vehicles offered in Europe and the U.S.

“As executives, they have been decisively responsible for the fact that emissions regulations have been transgressed in Europe and the U.S.,” prosecutors said at the commence of the demo in Brunswick (Braunschweig in German) on Thursday. “The regulations have been in position to defend the environment and the wellness of people.”

Volkswagen settled the prison probe three many years back by paying out one billion euros to German prosecutors.

The diesel-emissions scandal has so considerably charge the automaker much more than 30 billion euros ($35.three billion), including hefty sanctions that have been element of a deal with U.S. authorities.

The business is nonetheless going through civil litigation in its dwelling country, including a nine billion-euro investor course motion.

The extended-awaited demo has been postponed two times due to the fact of the coronavirus pandemic and hearings are envisioned to stretch into 2023.

The 4 managers will comment on the allegations afterwards in the demo.

VW’s previous CEO, Martin Winterkorn, was initially billed along with the 4 ex-managers but his demo was postponed thanks to wellness explanations.

The 74-year-old has repeatedly denied the allegations.