Boris Becker released from UK jail to be deported

Controversial German tennis player Boris Becker has been released from a British prison where he was serving time for financial crimes with a view to deportation, Britain’s PA news agency reported on Thursday, without specifying the fate of the former world number one.

Becker, 55, the winner of six Grand Slam titles, who had lived in the United Kingdom since 2012, was convicted in April of illegally concealing or transferring hundreds of thousands of euros and pounds to avoid paying his debts after declaring bankruptcy. .

The former German tennis star, whose professional career lasted between 1984 and 1999, was sentenced on April 29 to two and a half years in prison by the British court after being found guilty especially of having concealed 2.5 million pounds (3 million dollars) to avoid paying their debts.

In principle, he had to serve half of his sentence in prison, before being able to benefit from a conditional release. Now however it seems that he will be expelled to Germany.

Filed for bankruptcy in 2017, Becker was convicted of charges including theft of assets, non-disclosure of assets and concealment of debt.

During the proceedings, the prosecution claimed that Becker collected 1.13 million euros ($1.22 million) from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany, which he paid into a professional bank account he used as his "piggy bank" staff with which to pay for luxury purchases and school fees for their children.

"The conviction of Boris Becker clearly shows that the concealment of assets in the framework of a bankruptcy is a serious offense, for which we prosecute those who commit it"stressed the director general of the Insolvency Service, the British government agency in charge of administering bankruptcies.

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Past court troubles
Twenty years ago, Becker had already been sentenced in Germany to a prison sentence, the application of which was suspended, due to problems with the tax authorities.

The British judge Deborah Taylor reproached the tennis player for not having taken into account the warning that that first sentence should have meant for him.

His lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw then considered that Becker "he will not be able to find work and will have to rely on the charity of other people to survive".

The tennis player, who denied all the accusations against him, was acquitted of another twenty charges, including those that referred to the disappearance of his trophies. During the hearing he stated that he did not know where they were.

The German assured during the trial that he still had in his possession "many" of his sports rewards, but that some had disappeared.

He already sold part of his trophies at auction for 700,000 pounds.

As explained by the tennis player himself, the bankruptcy and its treatment in the media damaged the "becker brand".

In the past, he also had problems with the Spanish courts for unpaid debts related to some works in his house in Mallorca and also with the Swiss courts, for not having paid the pastor who married him in 2009.

In 2002, the German courts sentenced him to two years in prison, the performance of which was suspended, and a fine of 500,000 euros for some 1.7 million euros of delays in paying his taxes.


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