Bernie Ecclestone arrested for illegally carrying a gun in Brazil

Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
Anna Fox

By Anna Fox

Published: 26/05/2022

- 14:36

Updated: 26/05/2022

- 14:38

Brazillian police discovered a LW Seecamp .32 gun in the former Formula One Chief Executive's luggage

Former Formula One Chief Executive, Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil late on Wednesday night for illegally possessing a gun.

The discovery was made by Brazilian police, while Mr Ecclestone boarded a private jet to Switzerland.

Local police uncovered an undocumented LW Seecamp .32 gun nestled into Mr Ecclestone's luggage during a routine X-ray screening.

Mr Ecclestone was arrested shortly after the discovery and taken to a facility at Viracopos airport in Campinas.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia - September 27, 2019   Bernie Ecclestone during practice   REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo
During an X-ray of Mr Ecclestone's luggage a gun was discovered.

The former Formula One Chief Executive admitted to owning the gun, but said he was unaware of its presence in his luggage.

The 91-year-old British business magnate paid his bail and was freed, continuing his journey to Switzerland.

Mr Ecclestone is married to Brazilian-born Fabiana Ecclestone, and had attended several events across the country including a local Stock Car race in the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

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