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Bernie Ecclestone Court Case: German Legal Experts Evaluate Possible Sentences

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone is facing charges in Germany of bribery and incitement to breach of trust. His trial starts April 24 and much of the speculation thus far has focused on the maximum possible penalty should he be convicted: 10 years in prison. To determine whether such a sentence would actually be likely, and to help explain the charges and the complexities of the case to those of us unfamiliar with the German legal system, I engaged two experts in the field. Dr. Bernd Heinrich, a professor of criminal law at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Dr. Frank Saliger, who holds the Chair of Criminal Law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, both answered questions via email. First, a recap and explanation of the charges ...

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