January 30, 2018 / 12:19 PM / in 5 months

VW suspends chief lobbyist over diesel fume tests

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said on Tuesday it has suspended its chief lobbyist Thomas Steg amid steps to clear up the circumstances of diesel fume tests conducted with monkeys and humans that were sponsored by the carmaker.

A Volkswagen logo is seen at Serramonte Volkswagen in Colma, California, U.S., October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The German carmaker said it has accepted the proposal by Steg to assume full responsibility for the experiments that were revealed by the New York Times last week and have since been condemned by politicians and animal rights activists.

Jens Hanefeld, responsible for international and European political issues at VW, will replace Steg on an acting basis, VW said.

Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Arno Schuetze

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