United Kingdom: Sentenced, Boris Becker risks expulsion

Ale’Will former world tennis number 1 Boris Becker leave the United Kingdom at the end of his prison sentence? In late April, the former tennis player was sentenced by British courts to two and a half years in prison for financial crimes related to his personal bankruptcy and imprisoned in the process. At the age of 54, Boris Becker was found guilty of concealing 2.5 million pounds sterling (3 million euros at the current rate) in assets and debts to avoid paying off his debts. He must serve half his sentence behind bars before being eligible for parole.

But, according to information from the Times, Boris Becker, who has lived in the United Kingdom since 2012, may be forced to leave the country at the end of his sentence. British media reports that the former German champion, who had never obtained British nationality, was transferred to a prison for foreign prisoners. If this prison establishment offers conditions of reception and a slightly less strict level of security than the initial prison, its transfer probably means that the British justice system offers exile at the end of its sentence.

As the Times points out, the latest inspection of Huntercombe Prison, where Boris Baker was transferred, reveals that 185 of the 197 prisoners were immediately expelled from British territory. For being a citizen of another country who has been sentenced to more than 12 months in prison, Boris Becker is automatically subject to deportation.

Up to 59 million euros in debt

Declared personal bankruptcy in 2017, the six-time Grand Slam winner was found guilty by London’s Southwark Crown Court on April 8 of hiding assets or transferring money to avoid his debts. Twenty years ago, Boris Becker was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence after disputes with the tax authorities in Germany. A warning that British Judge Deborah Taylor criticized for ignoring them.

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Boris Becker, who disputes all charges, was acquitted of twenty other counts, including those related to the disappearance of his trophies. He had assured a hearing that he did not know where they were. Among the nine accolades creditors are his three Wimbledon Cup trophies, two Australian Open trophies and his doubles gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. After his bankruptcy, his debt was estimated at 50 million pounds sterling ( 59 million euros).

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