BERNIE ECCLESTONE has claimed that he was not arrested by police as he tried to go away Brazil on a personal flight earlier this week.
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Bernie Ecclestone has insisted that he was not arrested in Brazil after a gun was present in his baggage by airport safety as he tried to go away the nation earlier this week. The 91-year-old, who beforehand served as chief government of the Formulation One Group, discovered himself on the centre of a media storm on Thursday when he was caught up in a ‘foolish, tiny little incident’ that brought on loads of aggravation for himself and his household in Sao Paulo.
It was reported native police had claimed that Ecclestone was apprehended attributable to an unregistered firearm having been noticed in an airport scan, earlier than ultimately paying a wonderful and boarding his non-public flight to Switzerland. He has since confirmed in an interview with Reuters that he was pressured to shell out 6,060 reais (£1,007) bail earlier than he was allowed to depart Brazil, however insisted that he didn’t consider the gun wanted to be registered as a result of he doesn’t personal any ammunition.
“I have not had any publicity these days and I assumed I should do one thing to get some,” joked Ecclestone. “I used to be by no means arrested.
“They needed it [the money] in native foreign money which we by no means had, so there was one other drama looking for the cash. I used to be leaving the nation, I did not have any native cash. It was a bleeding drama, pointless, over a nothing.”
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Bernie Ecclestone has opened up on his latest ordeal in Brazil (Picture: GETTY)
Ecclestone went on to elucidate that he bought the gun, a LW Seecamp .32, from an F1 mechanic or tyre man in Brazil some years in the past with none ammunition and purely to function a deterrent.
“They stated you want one thing like this,” he added. “It would work if somebody tried to mug you or one thing, so I purchased it from the man.
“I had it in the home and used to muck round with it, if folks came around me or one thing, we might joke round. It was by no means going to be shot, it by no means had any bullets so I by no means bothered to register it, I did not know you needed to.”
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The 91-year-old has insisted that he was not arrested in Sao Paulo (Picture: GETTY)
Ecclestone additionally stated that he had left the gun within the pocket of a shirt, which was packed into his suitcase by these accountable for his baggage with out them being conscious of its presence. The previous F1 supremo added that he stayed within the airport from 8pm till 5am the next morning with the intention to make statements and full the required paperwork earlier than leaving the airport on a personal flight.
He’s married to Brazilian-born Fabiana Ecclestone, an FIA vice-president and member of the World Motor Sport Council. The latter’s mom was kidnapped in Sao Paulo again in 2016 by criminals demanding a ransom earlier than she was freed 9 days later in a police raid with none cash altering palms.
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