Ecclestone bribery trial delayed

AFP-JIJI

Munich prosecutors on Friday delayed setting a date for Bernie Ecclestone’s bribery trial until next year.

“The judges did not want to put themselves under pressure by making a decision that was too hasty,” Margarete Noetzel, spokesperson for the Munich state court, told news agency SID, a subsidiary of AFP.

The 82-year-old Ecclestone could face a prison sentence after being charged by Munich prosecutors in July in relation to a $44 million (€33.6 million) payment he made to German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky which was linked to the sale.

Ecclestone has always denied bribing the German to avoid a British tax inquiry into the sale of F1, claiming he was blackmailed by Gribkowsky.

“I paid because he threatened to go to the Inland Revenue,” Ecclestone said at the time.