VW negotiating torture reparations in Brazil

DW, 11/2/2015

A Brazilian newspaper has reported that VW is negotiating a settlement for allowing the torture of employees during the military dictatorship. However, a company official says VW is in the early stage of discussions.

On Sunday, the daily “O Estado de Sao Paulo” reported that Volkswagen was moving toward paying reparations in response to a suit against the company for allowing official persecution and torture of employees at its plant from the 1960s to 1980s. The newspaper cited an email reportedly from Manfred Grieger, who handles historical communications for Volkswagen and visited Brazil in October to meet with justice officials.

“It was the beginning of a discussion on how to reach an agreement on that matter,” Grieger wrote in the email, the newspaper reported on Sunday. “One idea would be to develop a memorial with Brazilian institutions such as unions … We want to look at the pros and cons of the next steps to be taken.”

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