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Boris Becker Claims Diplomatic Immunity From Bankruptcy

Former tennis star Boris Becker has claimed diplomatic immunity from multimillion-dollar bankruptcy proceedings in the U.K., saying that he has been made the Central African Republic’s attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural, and humanitarian affairs. The position is covered by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which means Becker, who owes a private bank undisclosed sums, cannot be made subject to any legal process without the consent of the Central African Republic and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, according to his lawyers. Becker said he was “immensely proud” of his role for the CAR and added: “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.”