A German appeals court on Thursday threw out the conviction of a man who had been found guilty of distributing Nazi symbols for using crossed-out swastikas in stickers, buttons and T-shirts protesting far-right extremists.
The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe overturned a Stuttgart court's ruling and a fine of â‚¬3,200 (US$4,200) against Juergen Kamm, 32, Germany's N-24 television reported.
The lower court said Kamm violated laws prohibiting the reproduction of Nazi symbols or slogans, even though he had done so clearly in protest of far-right extremists.
Post-World War II German laws make it illegal to display or reproduce symbols used by the Nazis, unless for scientific or educational purposes.
In its ruling, the court said Kamm's actions were legal, but added that the symbols are only permissible when the anti-Nazi message is unmistakable.