Court Withdraws Charges Against Weber

Charges against Willi Weber, manager of the Schumacher brothers, of committing and/or incitement to commit perjury have been irrevocably withdrawn by the Stuttgart Court after the former nightclub owner agreed a donation of €50,000 to a local charity approved by judicial authorities

Court Withdraws Charges Against Weber

Weber had been embroiled in the dispute since the mid-nineties, when it was first alleged he had caused DTM team manager Udo Wagenhauser to commit perjury after Swiss motorsport journalist Burkhard Nuppeney laid claim to 50% of Michael Schumacher's 1989-1999 management fees.

Weber proposed the settlement in Stuttgart on Monday.

Further hearing had been scheduled for October.

The dispute arose after Weber and Nuppeney, whilst guiding the Formula Three careers of Michael Schumacher and one-time racer Frank Schmickler respectively, entered into a co-operative management agreement to minimise their commercial risks.

Nuppeney later laid claim to fees from Weber, who then alleged the Swiss had voluntarily withdrawn from the deal, and produced sworn statements from Wagenhauser to that effect.

The Stuttgart Court last year convicted Wagenhauser of perjury, and handed down a one-year custodial sentence. The matter between Nuppeney and Weber is said to be continuing.

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