Formula-1 boss Bernie Ecclestone faced charges of corruption, specifically of having paid bribes. The recipient of the bribes Gerhard Gribkowsky had confessed to the charges. He had been working for a bank which was majority-owned by the State of Bavaria.
Now Mr Ecclestone had to stand trial before a court of the same State of Bavaria in Germany. Apparently he thought: “What worked once, may work again.” He offered yet another bribe to the State of Bavaria. 100 million dollars. Directly this time, without any intermediaries like Mr Gribkowsky. The State of Bavaria accepted and expressed its gratitude. The trial is over.
Now I understand the real reason why the trial had been referred to as a “bribery trial” from the beginning. I had completely misunderstood that at first.