Ecclestone relaxed about German bribe case

© AP, 15 May 2013
© AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

Bernie Ecclestone says he is totally relaxed following a report that German prosecutors have indicted the Formula 1 boss in a case centring on $44 million paid to a Bavarian banker.

German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Wednesday, without naming sources, that Munich prosecutors have charged Ecclestone with bribing an official and incitement to breach of trust.

Thomas Steinkraus-Koch, a spokesman for prosecutors, said investigations in the case were concluded last week but declined comment. Ecclestone's German lawyers also could not confirm that charges had been filed.

Ecclestone denies any wrongdoing but says "if I have to get bothered, then I'll get bothered."

The banker, Gerhard Gribkowsky, was sentenced last year to eight and a half years in prison after being convicted of corruption, tax evasion and breach of trust.


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