SFO to investigate Ecclestone bribe claims


The Serious Fraud Office is considering investigating the bribery claims surrounding Bernie Ecclestone in relation to the trial of Gerhard Gribkowsky.

The F1 supremo has said that a payment to the former BayernLB banker was to prevent him going to the British tax authorities at the time the sport was being sold five years ago.

In a letter to his Labour counterpart, Emily Thornberry, Attorney-general Dominic Grieve has confirmed that the SFO is on the case.

The Financial Times claims that in the letter Grieve writes: "The SFO is aware of the allegations against Mr Ecclestone and is liaising with the authorities in Germany to ascertain if there is a case in the UK to answer."

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Published: 18/11/2011
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