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Michael Schumacher security guard ‘tried to blackmail stricken F1 star for £12million so he could pay off his debts’

A SECURITY guard who is accused of trying to blackmail F1 legend Michael Schumacher’s family was allegedly trying to get £12million from them to pay off his debts.

The man – who can only be named as Markus F due to German law – has now also been pictured for the first time as more details about the case emerge.

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Markus F allegedly tried to blackmail the Schumachers for £12million[/caption]
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The alleged blackmail targeted Schumacher’s family, say German cops[/caption]
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Michael has not been seen publicly since his 2013 ski accident[/caption]

The 52-year-old was arrested on Thursday as the main perpetrator behind the suspected attempt to extort the Schumacher family.

Schumacher – a seven-time F1 world champion- has not been seen for more than 10 years after a horrific ski crash left him in a medically induced coma.

Now it’s alleged that the accused man was a vice consul in Egypt who wanted to free himself of his debts by allegedly committing the heinous crime.

According to Markus F’s ‘Xing’ profile, he studied electrical engineering before then working for a bank and then entering the security industry.

After working as managing director of a security company, he became a self-employed security consultant and found himself in the IT business.

In early 2009, he became assistant to the German honorary consul in Hurghada, Egypt.

A few years later he returned to Germany and resumed his career in security.

This is where he got to know other bouncers, including the co-accused Yilmaz T, 53, who Markus F allegedly commissioned to carry out the blackmail.

Germany‘s BILD reports that Markus F had planned to keep the majority of the blackmail money himself, promising Yilmaz only £847k of the £12million plot.

It’s also claimed that Yilmaz involved his son Daniel L, 30, as he got him a new phone for the plot. Both were arrested.

Markus F’s role is alleged to have been turning private pictures of the family into digital files before transferring to Yilmaz T and Daniel L.  

When 53-year-old Yilmaz T was arrested with his son, the two reportedly told police they had been acting on behalf of Markus F.

The man was detained on Thursday in Wülfrath as a large number of evidence was also seized from his property.

Family employees close to wife Corinna Schumacher were said to have been approached by the trio who claimed to have found a file of secrets on the F1 driver.

Michael, who hasn’t been seen or heard from for over a decade after a horror ski crash, has been looked after by his close-knit family since the accident.

Doorman Yilmaz T. is said to be behind the blackmail of Michael Schumacher’s family

According to the Wuppertal office, the men said the family wouldn’t want the files to become public due to what they contained.

To keep the information private the trio reportedly demanded they were sent millions to keep the information off the dark web.

The suspects were even alleged to have sent some of the files to the family as proof, said prosecutors in June.

Cops were able to track down the extortionists through “technical measures”, it was announced last month.

Markus F was a ‘trusted’ security expert working for the F1 icon’s family a few years ago.

The family has kept the champion racing driver’s health a guarded secret for years – which the photos would have exposed.

The Schumacher family have been tormented by ghouls over Michael’s health in the past – such as by a magazine who posted a fake AI interview with him.

What happened to Michael Schumacher?

MICHAEL Schumacher’s life was hanging by a thread 10-years-ago as medics tried desperately to keep him alive after a tragic skiing crash that left him with horrific brain injuries.

The F1 legend was given the best possible treatment as he was put into a medically induced coma, had his body temperature lowered and underwent hours of tricky operations on his brain.

Back in 2013, the retired seven-time world champion, and his then 14-year-old son set off on the Combe de Saulire ski run in the exclusive French resort of Meribel.

Footage from his helmet camera revealed he was not travelling at excessive speed when his skis struck a rock hidden beneath the snow.

He catapulted forward 11.5ft and crashed into a boulder head first that split his helmet into two and left him needing to be airlifted to hospital for two life-saving operations.

At one point his family were told to brace themselves for the worst case scenario as the situation was much worse than originally believed.

At the time, medics said Schumacher was likely to stay in an induced coma for at least 48 hours as his body and mind recovered.

But the coma ended up lasting 250 days – more than eight months.

After he woke up in June 2014, he was discharged from hospital and sent to his home in Lake Geneva to get further treatment.

Since then his wife Corinna and his inner circle of friends have expertly avoided almost anything leaking out about his health status.

Only small amounts of information have been released including reports that Schumacher was in a wheelchair but can react to things around him.

In 2019, it was said that Schumacher was set to undergo breakthrough stem cell therapy in a bid to regenerate and rebuild his nervous system.

Renowned France cardiologist Dr Philippe Menasche, who had operated on him previously, was set to carry out the treatment that would see cells from his heart go to his brain.

Following the treatment at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, he was said to be “conscious”, although few other details were given about his state.

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Michael’s loving wife Corrina has protected his privacy since a horror ski crash over a decade ago[/caption]

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