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It would mean that Mr Ecclestone would not be pronounced either guilty or innocent.
Germany's former justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger of the Liberal FDP party, criticised use of the loophole, saying it was "not just bad taste - it's really insolent".
She said it allowed rich people to go free, whereas the less well-heeled could face prison.
A German court has agreed to end the bribery trial of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for a $100m
originally posted by: ManFromEurope
a reply to: BasementWarriorKryptonite
Actually, his verdict goes along the same liberation from criminal proceedings which is used on "common" people. It was just multiplied by his wealth.
Judge Noll said that the suspicion against Ecclestone couldn't be hardened (verified enough) so that there was no reasonable way to further the proceedings.
In which case any accused person a liberation will be offered, for a monetary condition depending on the persons financial options.
I think they tried very long and quite hard to find facts to accuse Ecclestone - in the end, bribery did not hold enough potential, especially considering his old age. This way, SOME money will be paid as penalty.