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Bahrain's Crown Prince Welcomes Max Mosley

FIA president Max Mosley is now at liberty to join the Formula 1 caravan at Sakhir for this year's Bahrain Grand Prix. The 78-year old Englishman was prohibited to come to the Kingdom of Bahrain by Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa last year, when involved in the controversial “sex-gate”.

In the meantime, however, Mosley's name was cleared before both the FIA World Motor Sport Council and the international media. Soon after being accused of conducting a Nazi-orientated orgy with 5 hookers in a $4 million apartment near his Chelsea home, Mosley sued British tabloid News of the World for the aforementioned allegations.

He eventually won legal action against the British publication, after previously being backed by the FIA members. Free of all charges, Mosley is now welcomed to Bahrain for this weekend's race. The FIA president did not, however, announce any intention of making an appearance at Sakhir these days.

Asked what is Bahrain's new position on the “Mosley affair”, the Crown Prince did not hesitate.

Yes, absolutely. He was cleared and re-elected. And as long as the court case and the re-election has taken place, he is the representative of the FIA and therefore is due respect and is welcome,” said Al-Khalifa in an interview for The Times, ahead of the Sakhir event.

Formula One supreme Bernie Ecclestone has already arrived to Sakhir for the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.
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