Tennis legend Boris Becker is said to have been sentenced to even stricter conditions by the court in London in his proceedings for alleged bankruptcy delay. If he breached it, he would face a travel ban or even jail.
In the criminal proceedings against Boris Becker (53), the London judge has tightened the travel requirements of the three-time Wimbledon winner according to information from the “Bild” newspaper. The background is said to have been a trip to Mallorca in August, about which he did not inform the London insolvency authorities in advance.
Becker had therefore traveled to the exhibition opening of his son Noah (27) on Mallorca during a registered Ibiza vacation. The Beckers’ family reunion on the Spanish island was reported in numerous media.
Boris Becker exchanged his team of lawyers before the trial began
And the court in London obviously did not miss the Mallorca trip. A few days ago the actual start of the trial against Becker, originally scheduled for Monday (September 13th), was postponed. The reason: The 53-year-old had changed his legal team. At an appointment in court where the former tennis professional himself was present, according to the report, chief prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley also addressed Becker’s trip to Mallorca and criticized: “If he moves from island to island, we would like to know”.
If he violates travel requirements, Becker even faces jail
As a consequence, judge Deborah Taylor tightened the travel requirements that were already in force. In addition to countries and locations, Becker now has to register trips to islands in advance. Violation could result in a travel ban or even imprisonment, the newspaper reported.
Becker is accused of having withheld information on bank accounts and real estate and not handing out trophies in his bankruptcy proceedings in England. At an initial hearing last October, he denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty on all 28 counts. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
Tennis star was declared insolvent in 2017
Becker was declared insolvent by a UK court in 2017. In fact, bankruptcy proceedings in the country can be completed after just one year. However, the insolvency conditions against Becker were already extended by twelve years in 2019 because he is said to have not properly reported transactions from the time before and after the proceedings. After the postponement, the criminal proceedings are now set to start on March 21, 2022. There are four weeks of negotiation time set.
Read more on the subject here:
- Boris Becker was supposed to appear in court on Monday at 10 a.m. in London for his trial. But the process for delaying bankruptcy will be postponed to March 2022 at the last second. The reason for the long postponement: Becker briefly exchanged his lawyers.
- Ex-tennis professional Boris Becker spoke in more detail about his bankruptcy and criminal proceedings in the fifth and last part of his Amazon original podcast. It was a “very serious situation,” he said, but was also optimistic. He “doesn’t worry at all” about his future.