German prosecutors prepare to charge Ecclestone

(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 IMAGESep.27 (GMM) According to a report in the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, German prosecutors are closing in on Formula One’s chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

It has emerged that Ecclestone could soon be indicted after former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky testified from behind bars that the 81-year-old Briton mockingly called him a “civil servant” amid the alleged bribery transactions of some years ago.

That would open Ecclestone to the serious charge of having knowingly bribed a public official.

Bild newspaper said that prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch has confronted Ecclestone’s lawyers with the outcome of the investigation and is awaiting a response.

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