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Ecclestone 'set to face charges'

Bernie Ecclestone said to be facing bribery charges in Germany relating to the Gerhard Gribkowsky case according to reports
Bernie Ecclestone is set to face charges in Germany relating to F1's bribery case according to media reports.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper has reported that investigations into the case involving banker Gerhard Gribkowsky have now reached a position where charges against the commercial rights holder are set to be filed with a charge sheet set to be sent to Ecclestone and his lawyers once a translation into English has been completed.

Gribkowsky himself has already been convicted of taking bribes during the sale of F1 to current owners CVC, while the 54-year-old was also charged with tax evasion last year.

Ecclestone had appeared in court as a witness during Gribkowsky's trial and has always said he was happy to cooperate with prosecutors investigating the case.

The 82-year-old had revealed in court that payments had been made to Gribkowsky as the banker was threatening to blackmail him.

Should Ecclestone face charges, it could lead to him being replaced as the head of F1, given current plans to float on the Singapore stock-market.



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Mr Know it All - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 2:46 PM

And I for one would hope one could pay a handsome sum to share his cell for a few weeks to pick the maestro's brain on how to make a few quid !! What a mentor to and the perfect environment for Mr E to give his cell mate his undivided attention .. mind you, his Mandarin Oriental Cell, ooops, suite wouldnt be standard now would it. Now to stop dreaming, no way he will go down, with his money, at his age, he can stay out of prison for long enough to see his days out even if he is as guilty as sin, which Mr E would undoubtedly be. It's going to be a laugh watching Mr E in the dock with an army of lawyers, sheer theatre

Taz

May 15, 2013 5:09 PM

He's so thin he'll slip through the bars, they'd need to install some chicken wire. Bernie is minted and money can get you off with pretty much anything......in some cases.



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