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F1 boss Ecclestone denies bribery at German trial

Published on Apr 25, 2014 6:48 AM
 

MUNICH (AFP) - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany on Thursday, denying bribery charges that threaten to land the British billionaire in jail.

Ecclestone, 83, is accused of paying a German banker tens of millions of dollars to ensure his continued grip on the motor sports empire he had built up over four decades.

The mop-topped, diminutive F1 magnate entered the packed Munich courtroom in his trademark black suit and white shirt, saying "I'm confident, the sun is shining".

With a translator by his side, he followed as the prosecution made its case, alleging serious corruption charges that carry a maximum jail term of 10 years.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone leaves the court room during a break of his trial in Munich, southern Germany, on April 24, 2014. The British billionaire went on trial in Germany on Thursday, denying bribery charges that threaten to land him in jail. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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