Normally, this kind of statement annoys me no end. Generally speaking, if the prosecution withdraws a charge, the defendant should be regarded as innocent, just as much as if he had been tried and acquitted. Otherwise it's deeply unfair on the defendant, who is denied the ability to clear his name by the actions of the prosecution.
This case is a bit different, though, because if Ecclestone had wanted to clear his name, he could have kept his money in his pocket, argued his case and waited for the verdict. He chose not to do that so he has to live with the fact that his name has not been cleared.
If a prosecution withdraws a charge, then I'm mostly in agreement. However, this seems to have been the prosecution offering to "sell off" a charge, which isn't the same thing. "We can't muster a robust case against you sir, you're free to go" is not the same as "We can't muster a robust case against you sir, so chuck us a few quid and we'll call it off."
So to me it hardly seems objective and just to have offered a deal of "Either way you walk, but this way the state gets a payoff". That makes me question the motives involved on both sides - Bernie had to say yes to forking over the annual budget of a small F1 team, or several times the lifetime earnings of the average F1 mechanic, and the prosecution had to make said offer. If both sides felt there wasn't a substantial case, or any realistic chance of conviction, why the cash factor? The prosecution could have been looking for a quick bit of fiscal compensation for making a horlicks of things, and Bernie perhaps truly is innocent, and so vastly wealthy he thought it worth obscene amounts of money simply so he could go home and not be bothered with legal proceedings.
And that's a worrying situation. The state effectively blackmailing defendants, and defendants effectively being contemptuous enough of the justice prcess as to happily buy their way out. As I've said, it stinks.
As to clearing his name, that doesn't seem high on his list of priorities, does it? But then, it doesn't look like it gets in the way of his F1 and fiscal empire, so why should it? Hell, he can even walk out of a nation's court a few million lighter, a few weeks less onconvenienced, and have people lining up to do telephone number digit deals with him.