Central Africa says Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is ‘fake’

The Central African Republic (CAR) said on Tuesday that a diplomatic passport that tennis star Boris Becker claims that he is entitled to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain “is a fake.”

Cherubim Moroubama foreign ministry chief of staff told AFP, “The diplomatic passport that he has is a fake.”

He said that the document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of “new passports that were stolen in 2014.”

Adding that the passport  which has been seen by some media outlets is a copy of and has the date of March 19, 2018, it does not carry the signature or the stamp of the foreign minister, Charles Armel Doubane.

On Friday, lawyers for the tennis legend, who was a three-time Wimbledon champion, lodged a claim in the High Court in Britain saying that he had been appointed a sports attache for the CAR to the European Union (EU) in April.

Becker’s lawyer’s argued that this meant he should be granted immunity under the 1961 Vienna Diplomatic Convention on Diplomatic Relations from bankruptcy proceedings over his failure to pay a long-standing debt.

Existing CAR record’s, Moroubama said, “Becker’s job profile does not exist.”

He pointed out the passport says that Becker’s diplomatic function is “financial charge de mission,” a role that “has nothing to do with sporting questions.”

In April, the former tennis star tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera at a meeting in Brussels.

This new revelation is a complete set back for the former champion, who now has a stronger probability of being prosecuted for tax avoidance.

Photo Credit- Obiaks News

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