comes out of the English prison –

comes out of the English prison –

from Andrea Serene

The former number one in the world, in prison since April 29 for bankruptcy, has joined the British plan to reduce prisons. In mid-December he will be extradited to Germany, where he will spend the last 12 months of his sentence under conditional release

Boris Becker will spend Christmas at home in Germany. Incarcerated in an English prison since 29 April to serve a two-and-a-half-year sentence for fraudulent bankruptcy and undeclared assets to the British tax authorities, the 54-year-old former world number one (he will turn 55 on November 22) will be able to spend the last twelve months of his sentence in his country of origin under conditional release. Basically, he will have the opportunity to get out of prison and reunite with family affections.

Becker, winner of six Grand Slam titles including Wimbledon as a 17-year-old in 1985, ended up in jail for embezzling 3 million euros from the British tax authorities. Sentenced to two and a half years in prison, since April been locked up earlier in harsh Wandsworth Jail (with dark, dank, overcrowded, rat-infested cells), then to Huntercombe, Oxfordshire. A prison, the latter, for mostly foreign and low-risk prisoners, guilty of administrative crimes or crimes against property. Here Boris began giving gymnastics, yoga and meditation lessons and was able to use his cell phone and TV.

Now the turning point and the return to Germany. Boris will be able to benefit from a provision of the English judicial system which, to empty prisons and save money for the state coffers, allows the extradition of foreign prisoners in their country of origin: Any foreign national serving a fixed sentence and eligible for expatriation from the UK, can be removed from prison and deported, up to 12 months before the time of release of the sentence. If the prisoner accepts the transfer, 135 days are deducted from the total sentence. In short, for Becker the expiry date should be around mid-December. Get out of jail and go home. To try, once again, to start over.

November 18, 2022 (change November 18, 2022 | 15:42)

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