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Sunday Herald Sun - - News - ELLEN WHINNETT SOFIA, BUL­GARIA

ferred just un­der $43 mil­lion from his Townsville nickel com­pany to his po­lit­i­cal party, fam­ily, friends and other fam­ily busi­nesses.

Mr Palmer, who be­lieved he was be­ing spied on by the ASIO, told jour­nal­ists at the time that he feared “all the as­sets I have’’ were about to be seized.

Liq­uida­tors — who have launched a $500 mil­lion law­suit against Mr Palmer, his miss­ing nephew and for­mer Queens­land Nickel di­rec­tor Clive Mensink, and 19 oth­ers — are pur­su­ing Mr Sokolov and Mr Palmer for the re­turn of the $7.6 mil­lion.

Mr Palmer de­nies any wrong­do­ing. The Sun­day Her­ald Sun is not sug­gest­ing Mr Sokolov has done any­thing wrong.

The Sokolovs keep a low pro­file in Bul­garia, and own a dis­creet apart­ment in a build­ing in Obor­ishte, one of the most pres­ti­gious sub­urbs in the cap­i­tal, Sofia. The apart­ment sits above an up­mar­ket meat and wine shop just out­side the city cen­tre.

Clive Palmer in Monte Carlo, dis­em­bark­ing from his cruise ship with wife Anna and daugh­ter Emily, and ( in­set) the Sofia apart­ment owned by his Bul­gar­ian-based in- laws, Alexan­der (bot­tom) and Stiliyana Sokolov.

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