Paris court upholds ex-Yahoo boss acquittal

6th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 6 (AFP) - The Paris appeals court on Wednesday upheld the acquittal of former Yahoo boss Timothy Koogle of charges of illegally selling Nazi memorabilia online through the US company's auction site.

PARIS, April 6 (AFP) - The Paris appeals court on Wednesday upheld the acquittal of former Yahoo boss Timothy Koogle of charges of illegally selling Nazi memorabilia online through the US company's auction site.

Koogle - a 51-year-old US citizen and resident - had been charged with "justifying a crime against humanity" and the "exhibition of a uniform, insignia or emblem of a person guilty of crimes against humanity".

A Paris criminal court acquitted him on February 11, 2003, ruling that neither charge had been proven.

The appellate court upheld that verdict on Wednesday, saying that Koogle could not be held responsible for what was sold at auction on the site.

Koogle's attorney Olivier Metzner hailed the verdict as a "logical decision that shows that Yahoo has always respected French law".

The former Yahoo chief executive had been taken to court by the Association of Auschwitz Deportees, a group of survivors of the infamous Nazi death camp.

Koogle had risked a fine of EUR 46,000 (USD 49,150) and five years' imprisonment if found guilty of the first charge, and a EUR 1,500 fine for the second.

The case followed a November 2000 civil court ruling ordering Yahoo to put software filters in place to prevent French Internet users from accessing its auction site.

Koogle was singled out in the criminal case, as the charges could not be filed against a company. The charges were brought during his tenure as Yahoo boss from 1995 to 2001.

© AFP

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