"This is not a robbery. I am collecting for the Bavarian
state," says the cartoon figure on horseback as Ecclestone holds
the sack of money.
In a further greeting inside the card sent to Reuters,
Ecclestone adds another tongue-in-cheek comment: "Maybe now we
can have a Formula One race in the really nice city of Munich,
Ecclestone paid $100 million in August under the terms of a
settlement agreement with prosecutors to end the bribery trial
The agreement meant Ecclestone, now 84, preserved his innocence
and was spared the prospect of a lengthy trial. He had one week
to pay the money -- $99 million to the state and $1 million to a
children's charity -- and did so.
Ecclestone had been accused of channeling cash to jailed
BayernLB banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth the sale of a major
stake in Formula One to private equity fund CVC, now the largest
shareholder in the business.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by John O'Brien)
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