South Korea says to file suit against VW's local chief in emissions case

SEOUL South Korea's environment ministry said it plans to file a criminal complaint later on Tuesday against the head of the South Korean unit of Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and Audi AG over an emissions test cheating scandal.The complaint against Johannes Thammer, managing director of Audi Volkswagen Korea, says that a recall plan submitted by the German automakers failed to address key elements required under the country's environment law, the ministry said in a statement.In November, South Korea, after conducting its own emissions test, fined the German automaker a record 14.1 billion won ($11.7 million) and ordered a recall of 125,522 vehicles. Volkswagen submitted a recall plan on Jan. 6 at the request of the ministry. (Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Tony Munroe and Edwina Gibbs)