Former Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone has been told he will have to wait until next October to hear the fraud case, which is suspected. He is no longer the youngest Briton and will have to appear in court at the age of 93.
Ecclestone appeared in Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday. The former sports chief was accused of withholding figures between 13 July 2013 and 5 October 2016. In August, Ecclestone acquitted himself in the case in which he is believed to have failed to declare £400m.
treatment next year
During Tuesday’s trial, Judge Deborah Taylor set a trial date for October 9 next year. The trial is expected to last six weeks, which will include Ecclestone’s 93rd birthday. The court, given the age of the Briton, may carry out the case in half a day. Judge Taylor also stated that Ecclestone may not need to be present all the time.
The Ecclestone case is the product of a global and complex criminal investigation conducted by the HMRC Fraud Investigation Service. One indictment states that Ecclestone did not tell the Commission on Human Rights and Intellectual Property the full truth. He is said to have only set up one fund of his assets for his daughters and there was no additional money outside the UK. However, HMRC is missing out on announcing a fund in Singapore and the judge will consider that next year.
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