tax avoidance under immunity
The German courts cannot grant immunity on behalf of HMRC.
Rememeber, there are 2 issues here - the German court is indicting him on bribery - they say the payment is bribery for the CVC share sale, not a blackmail payment.
The tax avoidance is an HMRC issue, compeletely separate.
know that it was what he did that allowed him to be blackmailed that is illegal and he has confessed
No Junky, you are summarising across different facts.
You may avoid tax, you may not evade tax. The point is did Bambino legitimately avoid tax because Bernie in fact disassociated himself from the money? or was it evasion because behind the scenes Bernie was in some way shape or form influencing control over the Trustees?
HMRC may investigate and may well find that Bernie did nothing illegal.
What Bernie was trying to avoid was a report which suggested there was smoke only - it did not however say there was cfire.
You ask anyone self-employed on here who has had an HMRC investigation and they will tell you why Bernie wanted to avoid it - they make life hell regardless of guilt or not.
BTW. I'm not in any way defending him, i'm just explaining the story!