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Bernie Ecclestone bribery trial postponed as F1 supremo falls ill

May 20, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

Bernie Ecclestone AP

The German bribery trial for Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been postponed for today and tomorrow while the 83-year-old tries to recuperate from a bad cold.

According to AFP, Ecclestone’s defense team presented the Munich court with a doctor’s certificate that confirmed Ecclestone was indeed sick. Judge Peter Noll then agreed to postpone the trial for the next couple of days.

Upon delivering the adjournment, Noll himself reportedly told Ecclestone that he did not look well, to which Ecclestone replied, ‘I’m OK.’

A court spokesman told the German news agency SID that Ecclestone was examined by doctors before the certificate was issued.

Last week, jailed banker Gerhard Gribkowsky said that Ecclestone gave him a $44 million bribe to help move along the sale of BayernLB’s stake in F1 to CVC Capital Partners.

However, a public prosecutor appeared today as a witness and said that Gribkowsky had told “fluctuating stories” years ago to help explain his sudden windfall; another German news agency, DPA, reported that Ecclestone’s lawyers looked pleased upon hearing the prosecutor’s testimony.

Ecclestone has admitted to paying Gribkowsky but maintains that it was done because of a blackmail attempt by the banker.

  1. techmeister1 - May 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Give me a break… Cancel the trial for a couple days because Bernie has a head cold? I can see where this deal is headed and why Bernie has no concerns over being prosecuted. The judge tells Bernie he doesn’t look good but Bernie replies that he’s OK, so which is it? Why would Bernie say he’s OK if he’s too sick to participate in the court proceedings?

  2. Jeff - May 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Savvy move on Supremo Eccelstone’s part.

  3. worknman24hours - May 21, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    You are not allowed to die Bernie.

    There is an entire world of people you piss off every morning you wake up.

    I’m the same way.

    Makes getting up in the morning worth it ,don’t it Bern.

    Get Well Soon.

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