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Schmidt's F1 blog: Ecclestone charges on thin ice

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Z For two months there was calm in the case of the bribe affair involving Bernie Ecclestone. Suspicious silence. In the past few weeks the volcano has been spewing out ash again. In the lead is the Süddeutsche Zeitung, which apparently sees itself as an extension of the Munich public prosecutor's office.

Thin evidence for possible charges

First, an obscure story emerged, according to which the prosecutor believed to have found evidence of Ecclestone's guilt. According to the newspaper, a statement by former BayernLB board member Gerhard Gribkowsky, who collected $ 44 million and was convicted of bribery, is now seriously troubling Ecclestone. have designated. Translated, this means civil servant or simply civil servant. This serves the public prosecutor as an indication that the Formula 1 boss must have been aware that Gribkowsky was the representative of a state bank. According to a decision by the Federal Court of Justice, these are considered public officials. They are not even allowed to take commissions.

If the report is truthful, then you have to hold your head. If that is to be the decisive evidence for a suspect's conviction, then the Munich public prosecutor's office is on very thin ice. Then we are not far from a banana republic. How often do we refer to people as 'civil servants' who work slowly and inefficiently? Almost every day when we are annoyed about the slow work processes of the official. That can't be conclusive evidence.

Who is interested in a conviction?

In its latest article on the bribe affair, the Süddeutsche Zeitung writes that Mercedes wants to push ahead with the removal of Ecclestones should he be indicted in Munich . You don't need Mercedes for that. Ecclestone's clients at CVC Capitals would do that themselves. The rear gunners in-house have long been on the lookout and are just waiting for the first opportunity to strike. There are quite a few people at CVC who think they can do the job better than their chief broker. If you are not mistaken.

In the interests of establishing the truth, it might be interesting to examine which connections between the Munich public prosecutor's office and the former oneKirch manager Dieter Hahn and the banks involved in the sale of the Formula 1 shares to CVC exist.

They have a vital interest in seeing Bernie Ecclestone convicted of bribery. Only a guilty verdict against the Formula 1 godfather would give them the opportunity to open civil lawsuits against Ecclestone with the aim of subsequently making more money out of the $ 839 million deal. One could then argue that Ecclestone smeared Gribkowsky to get a low selling price. If the verdict is positive, the alleged injured party should hold out their hands.

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