>> A strange twist in the tale of Boris Becker's claim of diplomatic immunity to fend off a bankruptcy case. The former tennis champion lodged a claim to halt the case last week. Because he had taken up a role as a sports envoy for the Central African Republic or CAR.
But his diplomatic passport is a, quote, clumsy fake, according to the CAR's Foreign Minister. Becker's lawyer wasn't immediately available for comment on Tuesday. The CAR is launching a probe into who issued the passport. One of the world's poorest countries, its officials have shown little support for Becker's claim.
The Deputy Foreign Minister saying, his immunity could not be used to, quote, shirk responsibilities in the face of turpitude. Becker, the first German ever to win Wimbledon, was declared bankrupt by a British court in 2017. It was over a debt to private bank Arbuthnot Latham and Co, and he has recently been pursued for further assets.
Becker was appointed the CAR's Attache to the European Union for sporting, cultural, and humanitarian affairs back in April.