There may soon be a painful new chapter in the life of Germany’s Boris Becker, arrested on fraud charges last week. according to this UK Home OfficeThe former tennis player could be deported due to a change in the law involving EU citizens.
The holder of six Grand Slam titles, including the Wimbledon tournament, was sentenced to two years in prison for hiding 2.5 million pounds (approximately R$ 15.5 million) to avoid paying off debt with his bank and the national treasury.
in an interview with GuardianA British newspaper, a ministry spokesman, said that “any foreign national convicted of a crime, who receives a prison sentence, is liable to deportation at the earliest opportunity”.
For this to happen, British officials could argue that Baker’s tax would continue after the crime was implemented. BrexitWhich happened in December 2020. If confirmed, current laws allow an ex-tennis player to be deported, as any prison sentence of more than one year is subject to automatic deportation.
Baker will still have the right to appeal. However, as the former athlete would not have obtained British citizenship, this defense would be more complicated. According to jurists, the appeal can last for six to 12 months.