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 Post subject: German Tennis Star Boris Becker Claims Diplomatic Immunity
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:34 pm 
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Becker is being sued by private bank Arbuthnot Latham over money owed to them after he was declared bankrupt in 2017.

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Former tennis champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity against an attempt to sue him.

The three-time Wimbledon winner claims his appointment as a diplomat by the Central African Republic affords him protection from any legal claims.

Mr Becker was declared bankrupt in 2017 over money owed to private bank Arbuthnot Latham. He is now being pursued for "further assets".

His defence has been lodged in the High Court.

The Central African Republic made Mr Becker a sport and culture attache to the EU in April 2018.

His legal team said: "This means he cannot be subject to legal process in the courts of any country for so long as he remains a recognised diplomatic agent."

Mr Becker said the proceedings were "unjustified and unjust" and being declared bankrupt "inflicted a whole heap of damage on me".

He said he was asserting diplomatic immunity to "bring this farce to an end" and stop "the gravy train for the suits".

He added: "I am immensely proud of my appointment [by] the Central African Republic...sport is incredibly important in Africa and is fast becoming a universal language."

Mr Becker was declared bankrupt after Arbuthnot Latham claimed he owed them a large sum for more than two years.

At the time, he said: "This order relates to one disputed loan which I was due to repay in full in one month's time."

But the registrar said Mr Becker gave the impression of "a man with his head in the sand".

He has appointed Ben Emmerson QC, who has previously represented Julian Assange and Marina Litvinenko, the widow of Alexander Litvinenko.

Mr Becker became the first German to win Wimbledon when he did so at the age of 17 in 1985.

He won it again in 1986 and 1989 among the 64 ATP Tour titles he claimed during a 15-year career.

After his retirement he became a pundit for the BBC.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44489798

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 Post subject: Re: German Tennis Star Boris Becker Claims Diplomatic Immuni
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:11 pm 
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Becker claims he has a genuine diplomatic passport, the CAR claim its fake...

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Former tennis champion Boris Becker has told the BBC he has a genuine diplomatic passport issued by the Central African Republic (CAR), despite CAR officials saying it is fake.

Lawyers for Mr Becker say he is immune from bankruptcy proceedings in London because he holds diplomatic status.

But the CAR's foreign minister says the passport is fake and he has asked the justice minister to investigate.

Mr Becker said he was happy to go to the CAR to end the "misunderstanding".

"I don't know what is internally happening within the politics [of CAR] but I have received the passport from the ambassador," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

"I have spoken to the president on many occasions. I believe the documents they have given me must be right."

Asked if he would be willing to go the CAR if requested, he said: "I am very happy, any time soon, to visit Bangui, the capital, and to speak to the people personally about how we can move forward and how we can resolve this misunderstanding and this confusion."

Mr Becker was declared bankrupt in 2017 over money owed to private bank Arbuthnot Latham and is now being pursued for "further assets".

Lawyers for the 50-year-old three-time Wimbledon champion told a court hearing in London that he was appointed a sport and culture attache to the EU by the CAR in April.

In that month he tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera in Brussels.

In a statement issued on Friday by his lawyers, Mr Becker said the furore was a "storm in a teacup".

"Someone seems to have got their wires crossed in the Central African Republic, but my appointment was entirely official and above board, and was made by the president. Everyone's seen the photos published when my appointment was announced. This fuss about documents is pretty irrelevant."

Earlier this week, CAR foreign ministry chief of staff Cherubin Moroubama told AFP news agency the serial number on the document matched one of a batch of "new passports that were stolen in 2014".

He added that the diplomatic passport, dated 19 March 2018, did not bear the signature or the stamp of the foreign minister.

The tennis star became the first German to win Wimbledon in 1985, aged 17.

He won it again in 1986 and 1989 among the 64 ATP Tour titles he claimed during a 15-year career.

After retiring as a player he became a commentator with the BBC.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-44581763

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