Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil on Wednesday night for illegally carrying a gun while boarding a private plane to Switzerland, local police have said.
As reported by Reuters, police said in a statement that they found an undocumented LW Seecamp .32 gun in the former F1 CEO's luggage during an X-ray screening. He was then arrested and taken to a facility at Viracopos airport in Campinas.
Ecclestone acknowledged owning the gun, but said he was unaware it was in his luggage at the time, police stated.
The Briton was freed to travel to Switzerland after paying bail.
Ecclestone had attended several events in Brazil during May with wife Fabiana Ecclestone, who is an FIA vice-president and member of the World Motor Sport Council.
This included meeting former F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet in Brasilia, and attending a local Stock Car race in the countryside near Sao Paulo.
Ecclestone was removed from his position as CEO of Formula 1 in January 2017 following Liberty Media's takeover of the sport.
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