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‘Boris Becker is not one of our diplomats’

The Central African Republic has denied that it has given Boris Becker diplomatic status and suggested the former tennis star’s bankruptcy proceedings could tarnish its image. 

Becker’s lawyers had claimed he had diplomatic immunity that would protect him from ongoing bankruptcy proceedings due to his recent appointment as the CAR’s Attache for Sports and Cultural Affairs in the European Union.

But the CAR foreign minister said on Monday that he had never made the appointment. Charles Armel Doubane said his signature is required in order for a diplomat to be appointed.

“I never signed such documents,” he said. “The President never asked me to take the appropriate steps in the case of Boris Becker.”

He also expressed concerns that Becker’s bankruptcy proceedings could lower the image of the war-torn country, which currently ranks as one of the 10 poorest nations in the world.

CAR President Prof. Faustin Archange Touadera announced the appointment in April 

On Sunday, it was reported that the ambassador of the Central African Republic in Brussels, Daniel Emery Dede, had announced in a press release that court proceedings could consider Becker’s diplomatic status.

Mr Dede has stated that, while Becker has not personally visited the Central African Republic, he is stationed as an attache at the country’s embassy in Belgium in order to help the country recover from its civil-war.

Yet Mr Doubane says that the communication had occurred without consulting him, and that he was planning on meeting with the Central African Republic’s President Faustin Archange Touadéra on Monday to further discuss the matter.

Becker was declared bankrupt by the UK’s Bankruptcy and Companies Court on 21 June, 2017 due to a longstanding debt owed to the private bank Arbuthnot Latham. The exact amount remains undisclosed.

In a press release on Sunday, the embassy in Brussels stated that Becker “uses his international connections, especially in sports and culture. The embassy sees no reason to go along with Mr Becker’s private affairs. These do not interfere with Mr Becker’s sincere efforts for our country.”

Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/18/car-denies-boris-becker-has-diplomatic-status/

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