Boris Becker released from UK deportation

After eight months in prison in the United Kingdom for financial crimes, the former tennis world number one. PENNSYLVANIA.

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The latter did not specify the destination of ‘Boom Boom Becker’, but everything indicates that it is his country, Germany. His mother, Elvira Becker, 87, described his long-awaited return to the country as “the best Christmas present,” The Sun tabloid reported on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old six-time Grand Slam winner, who has lived in the UK since 2012, was convicted in April of illegally concealing or transferring hundreds of thousands of euros and pounds to avoid paying off his debts after filing for bankruptcy.

He had been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a London court, but had only served eight months.

According to PA, which does not cite sources, Boris Becker was released from Huntercombe prison, some 60 miles west of London, on Thursday morning because he was eligible for deportation as a convicted alien. a sentence of more than 12 months in prison.

According to British media, he is expected to return to Germany on a private jet chartered by the broadcasting company, which has paid a generous sum to tell his story.

At the time of his bankruptcy in 2017, after a series of ill-treatment, the debts of the former tennis superstar, the youngest winner of Wimbledon at 17, were estimated at up to 50 million pounds sterling (59 million euros). .

This is not the first case of Boris Becker, a restless athlete, who had lived in Monaco and Switzerland before settling in England.

He has already had legal setbacks for non-payment with the Spanish justice, in relation to 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 a two-year suspended prison sentence and a €500,000 fine for some €1.7 million in back taxes.

This time, he was accused in particular of having transferred hundreds of thousands of British pounds from a professional account to other accounts, in particular his ex-wives, of not having declared assets in Germany and of having concealed a loan of 825,000 euros and shares in a company.

Boris Becker, who contested all the charges, was acquitted, on the other hand, of some other charges, including those related to the disappearance of his trophies.

He had assured the audience that he did not know where they were.

Among the nine awards creditors would have liked to get their hands on are two of her three Wimbledon Cups, two Australian Open trophies and her doubles gold medal at the 1992 Olympics.

The former star said during the trial that took place from March 21 to April 8, she still has in her possession “many” of the awards and memorabilia accumulated in 15 years on the circuit, but some have disappeared.

He had already sold part of his prizes at auction for 700,000 pounds (840,000 euros) to pay off part of his debts.

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