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Charity 'surprised' by Bernie's R10m payment

2014-08-07 09:03

BRIBERY TRIAL ENDS: F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will be back at the helm of the sport after agreeing to a R1-billion deal to end his bribery trial. Image: AFP

Officials of a German children's charity were completely surprised when it emerged Bernie Ecclestone would pay them R10-million.

The payment to the Deutsche Kinderhospizstiftung, a children's hospice foundation, is part of the Formula 1 executive's R1-billion settlement with Munich prosecutors to end his high-profile corruption trial.

SID news agency said the payment is the largest in the charity's history.

BERNIE A 'FREE MAN'

Board chief Margret Hartkopf told Tagesspiegel newspaper: "Three years ago, an individual donated R1-million to us."

She said the foundation was "totally surprised" when the court announced that Ecclestone's settlement would involve the 83-year-old paying R990-million to Munich authorities and R10-million to the charity within one week.

While the payment will make Ecclestone a free man, however, that does not mean the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption affair is over.

The DPA news agency reports that Ecclestone has also offered to compensate the Munich state bank to the tune of R359-million, but first BayernLB must agree to the proposal by Friday (August 7 2014).

BRIBERY SCANDAL

The report said BayernLB, whose spokesman was not commenting on Wednesday (August 6), was earlier pushing for compensation in the realm of hundreds of millions of euros.

And DPA news agency reports that Ecclestone's R1-billion payment also does not include the settlement of related criminal proceedings against his former right-hand man, lawyer and F1 board member Stephen Mullens.

Prosecutors claim Mullens, who left F1 in 2011, helped Ecclestone to make the disputed millions in alleged bribe payments to the jailed Gribkowsky.

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