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Ecclestone arrested in Brazil

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26/05/2022

Former F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone has been arrested in Brazil after a handgun was found in his luggage when boarding a flight to Switzerland.

The 91-year-old was about to board a private jet in order to fly from Brazil to Switzerland when the undocumented LW Seecamp .32 was found during X-ray screening.

While the Briton acknowledged owning the gun he said he was unaware that it was in his luggage.

Ecclestone, who was accompanied by his lawyer wife, Fabiana, was able to continue his journey after paying a fine.

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1. Posted by Pavlo, 27/05/2022 17:02

"As I understood the article, he owns the gun, he has papers, he is allowed to legally carry it on a (private) plane.
He forgot to declare, had to pay a fine and could fly further.
Last month I parked a car wrongly and paid a fine - does it deserve an article on Pitpass? :)"

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2. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 27/05/2022 16:43

"@kenji - probably not :)"

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3. Posted by Max Noble, 27/05/2022 7:46

"Like the old joke whereby the young lady tells her parents she is pregnant, but then realises she is not, but she has crashed the car… one wonders what else Mr. E. Had on the plane… :-) Classic piece of misdirection I’m sure…"

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4. Posted by kenji, 27/05/2022 5:58

"@ ChickenFarmerF1....hahaha I don't think they'd let you land in Switzerland with a chicken in your luggage either....?"

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5. Posted by elsiebc, 27/05/2022 4:45

""Boarding a private jet." Why was his luggage being screened then? Why was it an issue at all? Were they afraid he would board another plane while in flight and hijack it?"

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6. Posted by Defiant, 26/05/2022 19:11

"Well put ChickenFarmerF1. Couldn't agree more"

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7. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 26/05/2022 15:34

"Paying a fine? I think you misspelled bribe.

No issues with the guy owning a pistol. Though even a 91 year old should be handle something better than a .32ACP. That said, if were a mere mortal like any of us, I somehow doubt we'd be able to get out of Brazil after paying a fine for an illegally possessed firearm, even a lowly pocket .32. And I somehow doubt Switzerland would let me land with a firearm in my luggage without consequence. I guess it's good to be, maybe not the king, but as rich as a king."

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