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Eversheds comment: Ecclestone faces bribery charges in Germany

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    Commenting on the significance of Bernie Ecclestone awaiting trial for alleged bribery in Germany, Dr. Frederik Foitzik, Munich-based partner and litigation & dispute management expert at global law firm Eversheds, says:

    “The accusations against Bernie Ecclestone, the president of Formula One, are bribery in a very serious case in unity of crime with instigation of embezzlement. The British Formula One president, together with his German defence lawyers, Sven Thomas and Norbert Scharf, had tried to the last to prevent the proceedings from happening. The Local Court in Munich has now admitted the charges, which according to German law mean that public prosecutors deem the probability of a conviction higher than the probability of an acquittal.

    “It’s a significant development that there will be proceedings against one of the most important members of a sports organisation worth billions. The legal proceedings are to commence in April and might result in a custodial sentence for Ecclestone for several years. The Football Association, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee will prick up their ears.”


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