Ecclestone trial to start on April 24
5 February 2014 – According to reports in the German media, Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone will face charges of bribery before the Munich District Court on April 24, with 26 days being set aside for the legal process.
Ecclestone, 83, is facing allegations of bribery over a sizeable payment made to German banker Gerhard Gribkowsk in order to smooth the sale of Formula 1 to current owners CVC Capital Partners back in 2006.
Gribkowsky is currently serving an eight and a half year jail sentence after being charged with bribery, breach of trust and tax evasion. Ecclestone claims that his payment was not corrupt, and says he was blackmailed.
With Ecclestone's indictment being officially approved on January 16, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung is now reporting the anticipated April start date, with hearings set to take place two days per week.