Boris Becker’s strategy to have the British bankruptcy proceedings against him delayed or stayed by claiming diplomatic immunity has run into a major road block.
According to Cherubin Moroubama, chief of staff of the Central African Republic’s foreign ministy, Becker’s diplomatic passport is … a fake.
Moroubama told Agence France-Presse that the passport’s serial number is one among a batch of passports stolen back in 2014. He added that the passport contains neither the signature nor the stamp of the foreign minister.
“Attaché for Sports/Humanitarian/Cultural Affairs”
The fellow above, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, is the president of the Central African Republic.
Agence France-Presse saw a copy of the passport, which is dated March 19, 2018.
No such job
Last week, Becker’s lawyers filed a claim in London saying his freshly-minted diplomatic status granted him immunity from bankruptcy. Definitely an original strategy. But, it seems, one that might not be successful.
“Becker’s job profile does not exist” in the CAR’s records, Moroubama told AFP.
As well, the passport states that Becker’s diplomatic function is “financial chargé de mission” – unrelated to sport.
A “chargé de mission” roughly translates to “liaison officer”, a job that would theoretically involve establishing financial ties between the Central African Republic and other countries.
No doubt many more chapters to come on this one.