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Formula One: Ecclestone's illness postpones corruption case

Published on May 20, 2014 8:58 PM

MUNICH (AFP) - Bernie Ecclestone's corruption trial in Munich has been postponed for Tuesday and Wednesday with the 83-year-old Formula One magnate sick.

His defence team presented the Munich court with a doctor's certificate to confirm the Briton was ill and judge Peter Noll has allowed the court hearings to be postponed.

The Briton is accused of paying German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky US$44 million (S$56 million) in 2006 and 2007 to ensure his continued grip on the motor-sports empire he had built up over four decades.

Ecclestone, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a maximum jail term of 10 years if he is found guilty. He admits making the huge payment not as a bribe but as hush money after a blackmail attempt.

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