Not long after U.S. authorities filed sealed charges against Volkswagen Group's former chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn, they granted the new CEO, Herbert Diess, a rare safe-passage deal, sources say.

The Justice Department agreement allows Diess, who was promoted last month to lead the 12-brand group that includes Audi, Bentley and Porsche, to travel the world freely without fear of being arrested in connection with the diesel-cheating investigation in the U.S., according to two people familiar with the matter.

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US Authorities Tell New VW CEO They Will Not Arrest Him If He Travels

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