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.
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