Ex-VW chairman Piech refuses to testify in German emissions inquiry

File photo shows Piech, chairman of the supervisory board of German carmaker Volkswagen, arriving at the annual shareholders meeting in HanoverHAMBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) – Ex-Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech, who resigned after a showdown with former chief executive Martin Winterkorn, has refused to testify to German lawmakers investigating a possible government's role in the VW emissions scandal, according to his lawyer. Piech, also VW's former CEO who spearheaded the carmaker's global expansion, gave testimony to lawyers of U.S. law firm Jones Day last April and to German prosecutors in Braunschweig near VW's Wolfsburg headquarters in December, his lawyer said. The German parliamentary committee of inquiry has expressed its intention to summon Piech.

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