[JURIST] A German appeals court on Thursday heard an appeal brought by federal prosecutors challenging last year's acquittal [JURIST report] of Deutsche Bank CEO Joseph Ackermann [WEF profile]. The appeal comes from a July 2004 court ruling that cleared Ackermann and five other former Mannesmann [corporate website] executives of corruption charges. At oral argument, a federal prosecutor told the court that Mannesmann executives improperly depleted the company's financial resources when they paid out millions of euros in bonuses. The court said it must determine whether German law permitted the bonuses paid to the executives. Expatica has more.