Champion in the storm. The trial of former tennis champion Boris Becker, who faces prison for fraudulent bankruptcy, has begun in London. Baker, 54, presented himself at Southwark Court with his girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro and then entrusted his response on Twitter: “Innocent until proven otherwise! I deny the charges and I will defend myself by all legal means! I believe in the UK legal system and its agents! My team will prove my innocence in time!!! BB”.
The six-time Grand Slam winner, who filed for bankruptcy in June 2017, is accused of concealing several properties and more than two million euros, as well as failing to comply with information disclosure obligations, especially banking services. If Becker is convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
It should also be remembered that in July 2019, more than 70 personal memorabilia, including many professional trophies, were sold at an auction for an amount exceeding 750 thousand euros, which was to pay off, in only a small part, its estimated debt. At the time of bankruptcy, about 55 million euros.
This is not the first legal problem for Becker, who in 2002 was previously sentenced by a German judiciary to two years in prison (with suspension) and a fine of 500,000 euros for tax evasion. Indeed, Becker went on to live the usual life, to shoot tournaments, to be the television columnist and portrait of the German Federalist; But it is clear that the problems persisted. And now we’re at the point: the sentence in three weeks.
Last update: Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 10:10
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