Boris Becker’s Diplomatic Passport Is A Stolen Fake Stolen In Africa In 2014
- Boris Becker’s Central African Republic diplomatic passport ‘is a stolen fake’
- German former tennis pro claims CAR President made him a sports attaché
- However, CAR Foreign Minister denied he had approved the appointment
- Foreign Ministry says Becker’s passport corresponds to a batch of stolen ones
- Mr Becker declared bankruptcy last year in the hope of clearing £54million debt
Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is a ‘fake’, the Central African Republic (CAR) said today after the tennis star claimed it entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.
The 50-year-old’s passport’s serial number corresponds to one from a batch of ‘new passports that were stolen in 2014’, according to the CAR Foreign Ministry.
On Friday, lawyers for the three-time Wimbledon champion lodged a claim in London’s High Court saying that he had been appointed a sports attaché for the CAR to the EU in April.
This, they argued, granted him immunity under the 1961 Vienna Diplomatic Convention on Diplomatic Relations from bankruptcy proceedings over failure to pay a long-standing debt.
At the time of his April ‘appointment’, Becker tweeted a photo of himself shaking hands with CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera.
However, the CAR has denied that Becker is a fully-fledged diplomat, has an appointment by the President must be signed off by the Foreign Minister, and it says the documents provided are ‘stolen’ and ‘fake’.
‘The diplomatic passport that he has is a fake,’ CAR Foreign Ministry chief of staff Cherubin Moroubama said today.
Moroubama noted that the passport says that Becker’s diplomatic function is ‘financial charge de mission,’ a role that ‘has nothing to do with sporting questions’.
Boris Becker is fighting to claim diplomatic immunity from his ongoing bankruptcy proceedings
Mystery: In April, Boris Becker tweeted his excitement after his appointment – however, the CAR foreign ministry says it has not been signed off by the government and his diplomatic passport is fake
In addition, he said, it does not carry the signature or the stamp of Foreign Minister Charles Armel Doubane.
This comes after Doubane publicly disputed Becker’s diplomat claim, saying he had never been asked to sign a document confirming the former tennis star’s status.
Doubane told German newspaper, Die Welt, that ‘Boris Becker is not an official diplomat of Central African Republic’.
However, the CAR embassy to the EU said that Becker, 50, had been ‘appointed to the diplomatic service by the president of our country’.
It said: ‘The embassy sees no reason to comment on Mr Becker’s private insolvency. It does not affect the sincere efforts of Boris Becker for our country.
‘England has proved repeatedly that it adheres to diplomatic practices in exemplary fashion, respecting all diplomats and their rights.
‘This will not be any different in the case of diplomat Becker.’
According to the Vienna Convention, Becker is not bound by legal processes in the courts of any country for so long as he remains a recognised diplomatic agent.
It means he will have to pay his debts only if the Central African Republic gives its consent to debt collectors.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Boris Becker in the wake of the CAR Foreign Ministry’s claims but had yet to receive a response at the time of publication.
In a statement on Thursday, Mr Becker said: ‘The decision to commence bankruptcy proceedings against me was both unjustified and unjust.
‘A bunch of anonymous and unaccountable bankers and bureaucrats pushed me into a completely unnecessary declaration of bankruptcy, which has inflicted a whole heap of damage on me, both commercially and professionally, and on those close to me.
‘I have now asserted diplomatic immunity as I am in fact bound to do, in order to bring this farce to an end, so that I can start to rebuild my life.’