'German prosecutors charge Ecclestone'
15 May 2013 – Bernie Ecclestone has been charged with bribery and corruption by prosecutors in Munich, according to a report in Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
The Formula 1 supremo, 82, has long been under investigation for his payment of $44 million to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky during the sale of the sport to CVC in 2006.
Ecclestone, whose job is said to be at risk, has countlessly repeated that he is not guilty of any wrongdoing in the corruption affair, claiming he was bribed by Gribkowsky to make the confirmed payment, the equivalent of almost 29 million pounds.
Gribkowsky was later given an eight and a half year prison sentence for his role, while a lengthy investigation began as to Ecclestone's full involvement in the sale.
"I would be (worried) if I was guilty, but I’m not!" Ecclestone told Corriere della Sera in January. "Are they trying to entrap me? I don’t know and I don’t care! All I know is that people try anything when money is involved! It won’t get to me appearing in court."
The district court is due to determine whether or not Ecclestone will be put to trial.