Status: 04/29/2022 17:17
Former tennis star Boris Becker was jailed for two years and six months. A jury had previously found the three-time Wimbledon winner guilty of delaying the bankruptcy, among other things.
Tennis legend Boris Becker must go to prison. A London court sentenced the German to two and a half years in prison for several bankruptcy offenses. The 54-year-old must serve half of that before he can spend the rest on probation, Southwark Crown Court Judge Deborah Taylor ruled.
The three-time Wimbledon winner, who lives in London, was immediately arrested. He now has 28 days to challenge the verdict.
“He received this verdict with great disbelief”, Sven Lohmann, ARD London
Tagesschau 5:00 pm, April 29, 2022
Ownership of the property in Leimen is hidden
In June 2017, a London bankruptcy court declared the former tennis star insolvent due to unpaid debts. At the time, Becker’s outstanding debts were estimated to be as high as £ 50 million. He would then have to reveal his possessions to him. Four weeks ago, however, Southwark Crown Court judges ruled that she had not fully fulfilled that duty.
The jury then found the German guilty on four of the 24 charges. According to the court, Becker allegedly hid a property in his hometown of Leimen with an estimated value of approximately 1.2 million euros, illegally transferred a total of 427,000 euros to other accounts as well as shares in an artificial intelligence company valued at 78,600 euros and a loan debt of 825,000 euros withheld. The 54-year-old had denied the allegations.
The penalties are served in parallel
Judge Taylor criticized Becker for showing no remorse and for trying to distance himself from the advisers he blamed for his problems. She knew his obligations to her as a result of the bankruptcy. Taylor sentenced Becker to two and a half years in prison for the illegal and intentional transfer. Due to the other three guilty verdicts, he ordered 18 months in prison. Since the sentences are formally served in parallel, the total length of imprisonment was 30 months.
Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley had not previously asked for a sentence, but made it clear that she did not think a suspended sentence was sufficient. According to Chalkley, Becker transferring large sums of money the day after the court-ordered bankruptcy was similar to money laundering.
The defense asked for leniency
Becker’s attorney Jonathan Laidlaw, on the other hand, asked for leniency in his concluding remarks and upheld a suspended sentence of no more than two years. The transfers were payments to his ex-wife Barbara, his wife Lilly and his children, who depended on him.
Laidlaw acknowledged that Becker broke the law, but said it was not a serious case. The 54-year-old was in dire financial straits. His career and his reputation have been destroyed. “He has lost pretty much everything,” Laidlaw said. Becker did not comment.