Tennis star Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity from his creditors after saying he represents the Central African Republic, a country he has never visited.
His lawyer has told the High Court of Justice that British courts could not touch Mr Becker because the republic has named him as its attaché to the European Union for sports, culture and humanitarian affairs.
Arbuthnot Latham last year petitioned for bankruptcy proceedings against him, claiming that payment of a large debt was almost two years overdue. Mr Becker insisted that he just needed more time to sell assets to cover the obligation.
It is not clear whether the High Court would accept the claim for immunity by Mr Becker, who lives in London.
In a statement, the three times Wimbledon chapion said: “A bunch of anonymous and unaccountable bankers and bureaucrats pushed me into a completely unnecessary declaration of bankruptcy”.
He went on to warn: “I will be coming after the people who forced this process through.”
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