Prosecutors undecided over Ecclestone bribery charge

Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) F1 Supremo with Dr Gerhard Gribkowsky (GER) the majority shareholder of SLEC Holdings and Donald Mackenzie, Managing Partner of CVC Capital Partners. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 11 March 2006. DIGITAL IMAGENov.19 (GMM) Contrary to the latest media reports, German prosecutors have not yet decided whether or not they will charge Bernie Ecclestone with bribery.

The German news magazine Focus had claimed that the Munich public office had, after a long investigation, finally made the decision to pursue the Formula One chief executive officially.

Former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who accepted Ecclestone’s millions in alleged bribes, is already in jail.

Focus said that recent efforts to broker a ‘deal’ between Ecclestone and the prosecutors, whereby the 82-year-old Briton is charged but given only a suspended sentence if he pays back the millions, had failed.

But chief prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch would not confirm the ‘deal’ talks, and he further told DPA news agency that a decision about whether Ecclestone will be charged is still to be taken.

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  • Bjornar Simonsen

    I think they fear his money and power. Bernie is not one who is afraid of dirty shadow games. And he’s got a lot of weapons.

  • Venezia

    They’re undecided because they are waiting for a bribe on their own. If you know what I mean, Bernie. ;-)

  • michaelprescottfromStateofMaine

    Here in the states we have legalized bribery. it’s called Lobbying. Bernie should look into it.