Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case

Written by Keshala Dias

15 Jun, 2018 | 4:11 pm

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

The German tennis legend was named as a sport and culture attache to the European Union by the government of the conflict-torn African nation in April, his lawyers said in a statement.

The three-times Wimbledon champion declared bankruptcy last year in the hope of clearing his £54million worth of debt.

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.”

The former tennis champion 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.”

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