Bernie Ecclestone arrested in Brazil for ‘carrying GUN while boarding private plane to Switzerland’

Bernie Ecclestone arrested in Brazil for ‘carrying GUN while boarding private plane to Switzerland’

According to local authorities, Bernie Ecclestone was detained in Brazil late on Wednesday for unlawfully carrying a revolver before boarding a private jet to Switzerland.

During an X-ray screening, Brazilian authorities discovered an unauthorized LW Seecamp.32 pistol in the former Formula One champion’s baggage, according to police.

He was subsequently detained and transferred to a facility at Viracopos airport in Campinas, according to the report.

Ecclestone, 91, acknowledged owning the gun, but said he was unaware it was in his luggage at the time, police said.

The Briton paid bail and was freed to travel to Switzerland.

Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil late on Wednesday for illegally carrying a gun while boarding a private plane to Switzerland, local police said on Thursday. Pictured at the Russian Grand Prix in 2019

In 2016, Ecclestone’s helicopter pilot was arrested on suspicion of being the mastermind of a plot to kidnap his mother-in-law as police believe it was an inside job.

Ecclestone is married to Brazilian-born Fabiana Ecclestone, an FIA vice-president and member of the World Motor Sport Council.

Aparecida Schunk, the mother of Ecclestone’s Brazilian wife Fabiana Flosi, was snatched from her home in São Paulo by armed robbers who posed as delivery men.

A police kidnap squad in Brazil stormed the building where she was being held and found her tied up – and released her into the arms of her family.

They attended several events in the South American country in May, including a local Stock Car race in the countryside near Sao Paulo and a meeting with triple world champion Nelson Piquet in Brasilia.

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