Europe

Court orders Swiss prosecutors to open VW criminal probe

FILE - In this  April 28, 2016 file picture a security guard stands on the roof of the Volkswagen old power plant and monitors the area during the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany.2016. The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions. The European Commission also said Thursday  Dec. 8, 2016 that it believes Britain and Germany "broke the law by refusing to disclose, when requested by the Commission, all the technical information" they gathered on Volkswagen emissions. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file picture a security guard stands on the roof of the Volkswagen old power plant and monitors the area during the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany.2016. The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions. The European Commission also said Thursday Dec. 8, 2016 that it believes Britain and Germany "broke the law by refusing to disclose, when requested by the Commission, all the technical information" they gathered on Volkswagen emissions. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)  (The Associated Press)

Swiss prosecutors say they have seized documents at a large Volkswagen dealer after a court ordered them to open a criminal investigation.

Federal prosecutors said Friday they have "secured evidence" at the AMAG Group, which is cooperating with the probe.

Some 2,000 criminal complaints were filed in Switzerland last year related to the Volkswagen emissions-rigging scandal.

At the time, Swiss prosecutors decided to forward all complaints to their counterparts in Germany, where the alleged wrongdoing had taken place.

Almost 600 Swiss plaintiffs took the issue to the country's top criminal court, which ordered prosecutors to open a probe in Switzerland as well.