Reports in the British media are claiming F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone may be interviewed by German prosecutors investigating the bribery allegations surrounding the 2006 takeover of the sport by CVC Capital Partners.
With the deal’s key broker, Gerhard Gribkowsky, having been jailed over the as yet unexplained payment of $50 million – which investigators believe was paid by Ecclestone – it is expected that the 80-year-old will be questioned shortly.
The British billionaire has denied all allegations, but the reports claim he has recently acquired the services of a coterie of German lawyers.
As to when or where – be it in the UK or in Germany – the questioning will take place, Ecclestone will no doubt seek assurances that he won’t be arrested if he is interviewed offshore.
Britain’s Telegraph newspaper claimed Ecclestone had not yet been contacted by those investigating the case, but that he would “happily assist with the investigation”.
CVC have themselves – while previously denying they played any part in the alleged bribery affair – commissioned their own internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the affair.
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