Boris Beckertennis legend and triple champion at Wimbledon, He lost to justice and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison last april to Hide your money And the property to declare bankruptcy in 2017 and not pay their debts. Held in Huntercombe Prison, outside London, I can break free next week.
After being held for more than eight months, he will be extradited to Germany next week. Becker, ranked world number one on the tennis circuit in 1991, would benefit from a “fast-track scheme”, with extradition to the country of origin if certain conditions are met. This is the sentence commutation already benefited more than 1,100 foreign prisoners last year. Despite having resided permanently in the UK since 2012, Baker will benefit from this element as he has never been a British citizen. Once in Germany, you will be able to freely serve the remaining time of your sentence, without permission to return to the UK, of course.
According to the British newspaper The Daily MirrorUnder the early retirement plan, a foreign prisoner can have up to one year reduced from his sentence. Boris qualified for the fast-track scheme ahead of his release date to “take pressure off UK prisons and save money”. A former spokesperson for Baker said last month: “We are delighted that Boris has qualified for early release and is able to travel to Germany, even though England has been his home for many years. It would mean a lot to him and his family to get together at Christmas.”
After some very painful and difficult first months, during which — seven — some prisoners complained about the supposed privileges they enjoyed there, Baker found some heartening action about his life behind bars. Last October, the German newspaper Build It was published that the former athlete regularly trains in the prison gym, that he gives up alcohol and loses weight. It was learned that the winner of 49 titles in total (between 1985 and 1996) was also working as an assistant physical trainer in prison who offers his perspective on physical conditioning and psychology, drawing on his experience as a former tennis player. a hero.
According to the same source, Boris was teaching about 45 inmates some secrets of physical conditioning, nutrition and psychological crisis management in the prison, which includes a sports complex with a climbing wall, an artificial turf court and a cardio room. It was also said that Baker was instructing the other prisoners in a “special kind of yoga and meditation”.
Becker was found guilty at the time of diverting hundreds of thousands of pounds from his business account and failing to advertise property in his hometown of Leimen, Germany. Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced him at the London Court. The German had previously been convicted of tax evasion in Germany in 2002 and convicted by a jury on four counts under the insolvency law and acquitted of 20 counts. He did not heed the warning given to him. The judge said, “I realize the humiliation you felt, but you showed no humility.”
Since last April, Baker has been held at Wandsworth HMP prison, near Wimbledon, where he has been dazzling as a tennis player. It was then moved to Huntercombe, where it remains to this day. In the worst year of his life, Becker could feel some relief in the next few days.
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