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Ecclestone defense, prosecutors discuss possible deal to end F1 boss' German bribery trial

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    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone arrives for his trial in the regional court in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US $44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,Pool) (The Associated Press)

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    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone prepares for his trial framed by his his lawyers Sven Thomas, left, and Norbert Scharf, right, in the regional court in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US $44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,Pool) (The Associated Press)

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    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone arrives for his trial in the regional court in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US $44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,Pool) (The Associated Press)

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    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone arrives for his trial in the regional court in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US $44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,Pool) (The Associated Press)

A German court says prosecutors and lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone are in talks about a possible deal to end the Formula One boss' bribery trial.

The 83-year-old Ecclestone went on trial in Munich in April, charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust. The charges involve a $44 million payment to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is serving an 8 1/2-year sentence for taking the money.

Ecclestone says Gribkowsky blackmailed him.

His defense team called on Tuesday for proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible. They said damage to BayernLB, on whose behalf Gribkowsky was selling a stake in F1, wasn't evident but offered to pay the bank 25 million euros ($33.6 million), news agency dpa reported.

The Munich state court says it's unclear how long talks between the two sides will take.