Ex-VW personnel boss defends Piech in sleaze case

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BRUNSWICK, Germany, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's former personnel boss testified on Thursday that he -- not former Chief Executive Ferdinand Piech -- came up with the idea of paying VW's labour chief lucrative bonuses to keep him loyal. Piech, who is now VW chairman, knew nothing of the arrangement to shower Klaus Volkert with money and perks to ensure his support for management, Peter Hartz told a court trying Volkert on charges of incitement to breach of trust. "Mr Volkert did ...

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