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F1 boss Ecclestone says first day of bribery trial was tough

Published on Apr 26, 2014 12:45 AM
 
Formula One magnate Bernie Ecclestone admits finding the opening day of his German trial stressful as he faced bribery charges which threaten to land the British billionaire in jail. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Formula One magnate Bernie Ecclestone admits finding the opening day of his German trial stressful as he faced bribery charges which threaten to land the British billionaire in jail.

"It was an exhausting first day. The judge, the prosecutors and my lawyers all speak German, I don't," Mr Ecclestone told German daily Bild from his London office after his first court date in Munich on Thursday.

"Although I had an interpreter translating every word simultaneously, it was still stressful to follow everything as it was being said."

Mr Ecclestone flew back to Britain after hearing five hours of opening arguments with the prosecution's indictment covering 24 pages, while the defence's statement was 91 pages long.

 
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