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Bernie Ecclestone Offers £20m To End Bribery Trial

29/07/2014 15:58 BST | Updated 29/07/2014 15:59 BST

Bernie Ecclestone's lawyers and are in talks about a possible £20 million deal to end the Formula One boss' bribery trial, a German court has said.

The 83-year-old went on trial in Munich in April, charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust.

The charges involve a 44 million US dollars (£26 million) payment to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is serving an eight-and-a-half year sentence for taking the money.

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Ecclestone went on trial in Munich in April, charged with bribery

Ecclestone says Gribkowsky blackmailed him.

His defence team called for proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible.

They said damage to BayernLB, on whose behalf Gribkowsky was selling a stake in F1, was not evident but offered to pay the bank 25 million euro (£19.8 million), a news agency reported.

The Munich state court says it's unclear how long talks between the two sides will take.

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