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2004-12-22 10:49

In the case alleging the smuggling of stolen information from Ferrari, police seized information from Toyota's HQ in Cologne.

"(It was) freely handed over," read a statement issued to us, "but contained many confidential materials which are (our) property."

Toyota applied to the German court requesting that such 'confidential' material not be sent to Italy prior to it being inspected and that any confidential material be removed.

Cologne's Public Prosecutor opposed the application, but the Appellate Court found in favour of Toyota.

Asked whether the material had now been returned, though, a Toyota spokesman replied: "(We) are still waiting. Only this inexplicable attitude on the part of the Public Prosecutor ... has made it impossible to release the appropriate materials as ordered by the court." -GMM

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