Boris Becker, the former tennis champion, sentenced to two and a half years in prison for his personal bankruptcy

German extortionist Boris Becker was sentenced on Friday 29 April to two and a half years in prison by British justice on four counts related to his personal bankruptcy. At 54, he will be jailed after being found guilty on April 8 of hiding £ 2.5 million in assets and loans to avoid paying off his debts.

The six-time Grand Slam winner, who was declared bankrupt in 2017, faces up to seven years in prison for each of the offenses that the popular jury at Southwark Crown Court, London, found against him: a charge of “removal of assets two of “non-disclosure of assets” and one of “concealment of debts”.

Boris Becker has been living in the UK since 2012. He is accused of transferring hundreds of thousands of pounds from a professional account to other accounts, particularly his ex-wives, for not declaring property in Germany and hiding a loan. of 825,000 euros and stakes in a company. Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley had accused him of using a professional account as ” Piggy bank ” for the day-to-day expenses or school fees of their children.

Boris Becker, who is in charge of all the charges, was acquitted of twenty other charges, including those related to the disappearance of his trophies. During the hearing, he said he did not know where they were.

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Up to 50 million euros of debt

Among the nine accolades that creditors would have liked to have in their hands are two of their three Wimbledon Cups, two Australian Open trophies, and their 1992 Olympic doubles gold medal. said during the trial held from March 21 to April. 8, to have still in his power ” a lot ” of awards and memories accumulated in fifteen years on the circuit, but some have disappeared. He had already sold part of his prizes at auction for £ 700,000 (835,000 euros) to pay off part of his debts.

At the time of his bankruptcy, the player’s debts were estimated at up to £ 50 million (€ 59.5 million).

The announcement of his bankruptcy came just days before the Wimbledon tournament, in which the tennis player worked for the BBC and Australian and Japanese television. At the sight, he had explained how much he had been “Shock over the situation”. “It was all the news, I walked through the doors of Wimbledon and everyone knew it. I was embarrassed because I was bankrupt.”, He said. According to him, his bankruptcy and his treatment of the media undermined him “Becker brand”so much so that at that time he had difficulty paying off his debts.

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The extennista has already had legal setbacks for unpaid debts with the Spanish justice, regarding the work in his villa in Mallorca, and with the Swiss justice, for not having paid the pastor who married him in 2009 In 2002, German courts sentenced him to two years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euros for about 1.7 million euros in tax arrears.

Accused by British justice, he had tried a final bet in 2018, claiming to have been appointed by the Central African president. “attachment” in the European Union (EU) for the cultural, sporting and humanitarian affairs of this country. His lawyer had argued that his role granted him diplomatic immunity by preventing him from being sued for payment of other debts, before waiving that claim.

The world with AFP

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