Becker takes on role as African di­plo­mat to block bank­ruptcy

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY ANDREW GILPIN

BORIS Becker is fight­ing his bank­ruptcy bat­tle by claim­ing diplo­matic im­mu­nity as an am­bas­sador to the Cen­tral African Repub­lic.

The Ger­man tennis leg­end, 50, was ap­pointed the for­mer French colony’s

Sports and Cul­ture At­tache in April and will be given an of­fice in its Brus­sels em­bassy.

Becker was de­clared bank­rupt last year be­cause he al­legedly owes money to a Lon­don­based pri­vate bank.

His lawyer Ben Em­mer­son QC has now lodged a writ with the High Court. Becker said in a state­ment: “I have now as­serted diplo- matic im­mu­nity in order to bring this farce to an end, so that I can start to re­build my life.” He also said he would be seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion.

Becker added: “I am im­mensely proud of my ap­point­ment as the Sports and Cul­ture At­tache.

“My diplo­matic role al­lows me to give some­thing mean­ing­ful back to sports sup­port­ers in one of the poor­est parts of the world.”

AT­TACHE Tennis star Boris

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