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Boris Becker tells Marr: My CAR passport is genuine
The foreign minister of the Central African Republic claims the former tennis star's document is false.

CAR might charge Boris Becker over 'fake passport'

BBC World Service

The foreign minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) says the German former tennis star Boris Becker could face prosecution in the country if he is found to have gained a diplomatic passport illegally.

Mr Becker's lawyers told the High Court in London that he could not undergo bankruptcy proceedings because he had diplomatic immunity from the CAR.

They say say he acquired diplomatic status being awarded the position of special attaché for sport and culture at the country's embassy in Brussels.

But CAR's Foreign Minister Charles-Armel Doubane said the passport was fake and he had asked the justice minister to investigate.

This photo of Boris Becker appeared on the website of the CAR embassy in Brussels until a few days ago but has since been deleted:

Boris Becker sits at a desk with the CAR national flag
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Ex-UN lawyer alleges peacekeepers killed civilians

The UN mission in Central African Republic has fired one of its lawyers after he accused Rwandan peacekeepers of massacring 30 civilians in the capital last month.

Juan Branco was hired by Minusca to work as an independent expert to advise a new special criminal court, charged with investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity.

He says his firing is part of a cover up by the UN. They say he broke the terms of his contract. So what triggered this?

Mr Branco has been speaking to Focus on Africa's Rob Wilson:

A lawyer is dismissed by the U.N. after accusing peacekeepers of killing 30 civilians
Russia and the Central African Republic: A curious relationship
Russia is providing military support to the Central African Republic (CAR) – but what is Moscow getting in return?