Gribkowsky trial begins in October

(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) F1 Supremo and Dr Gerhard Gribkowsky, the majority shareholder of SLEC holdings. Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, 20 August 2005. DIGITAL IMAGE

Bernie Ecclestone with Gerhard Gribkowsky

Sep.27 (GMM) Jailed banker Gerhard Gribkowsky will appear in court late next month over the Formula 1 bribery scandal.

The Financial Times said his 24 October court date has been confirmed by the Munich court.

“Mr (Bernie) Ecclestone has been invited to give testimony the following month”, said the report.

The F1 chief executive is under investigation, although he argues he was effectively blackmailed by Gribkowsky amid the sale of the sport five years ago.

Ecclestone would not confirm whether he will attend the trial as a witness.

“I am sure when I will get the request, I will reply to them,” he said.

Gribkowsky, who has been in jail since January, is expected to deny Ecclestone’s claim that the money changed hands so that he kept quiet about the F1 supremo’s tax affairs.

The Financial Times said the prosecutors allege that although Gribkowsky “had no background in … motor sport (he) had ambitions either to succeed Mr Ecclestone or become an independent consultant”.