Former tennis champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity towards an try to sue him.
The three-time Wimbledon winner claims his appointment as a diplomat by the Central African Republic affords him safety from any authorized claims.
Mr Becker was declared bankrupt in 2017 over cash owed to personal financial institution Arbuthnot Latham. He’s now being pursued for “additional property”.
His defence has been lodged in the High Court.
The Central African Republic made Mr Becker a sport and tradition attache to the EU in April 2018.
His authorized staff stated: “This implies he can’t be topic to authorized course of within the courts of any nation for as long as he stays a recognised diplomatic agent.”
Mr Becker stated the proceedings had been “unjustified and unjust” and being declared bankrupt “inflicted an entire heap of injury on me”.
He stated he was asserting diplomatic immunity to “carry this farce to an finish” and cease “the gravy practice for the fits”.
He added: “I’m immensely pleased with my appointment [by] the Central African Republic…sport is extremely vital in Africa and is quick changing into a common language.”
Mr Becker was declared bankrupt after Arbuthnot Latham claimed he owed them a big sum for greater than two years.
On the time, he stated: “This order pertains to one disputed mortgage which I used to be resulting from repay in full in a single month’s time.”
However the registrar stated Mr Becker looked like “a person along with his head within the sand”.
He has appointed Ben Emmerson QC, who has beforehand represented Julian Assange and Marina Litvinenko, the widow of Alexander Litvinenko.
Mr Becker turned the primary German to win Wimbledon when he did so on the age of 17 in 1985.
He received it once more in 1986 and 1989 among the many 64 ATP Tour titles he claimed throughout a 15-year profession.
After his retirement he turned a pundit for the BBC.