Apple CEO ordered to testify in e-books case
NEW YORK (AFP) - A judge on Wednesday ordered Apple's chief executive Tim Cook to testify in a case brought by the US government accusing the tech giant of conspiring to raise e-book prices.
Federal Judge Denise Cote issued the order after a teleconference with attorneys from Apple and the US Justice Department.
She said the government may take a deposition from Mr Cook, which could be used in a trial, overruling objections from the company. The order said Mr Cook must testify "for the reasons stated on the record at the teleconference," without elaborating.
Apple lawyers recently argued that Mr Cook should not be compelled to testify because he was not involved in the deals with publishers led by Apple's former chief Steve Jobs before his death in 2011.