Nadir set­tles back into lux­ury as he awaits £34m fraud case

The Scotsman - - Features - SAM MARS­DEN

ASIL Nadir set­tled back into life in Bri­tain yes­ter­day af­ter re­turn­ing to face £34 mil­lion fraud charges fol­low­ing 17 years on the run.

The wealthy busi­ness­man and his wife Nur spent their first night in the rented lux­ury house in May­fair, London, where he must live un­der bail con­di­tions.

They emerged from the prop­erty just be­fore 10am look­ing con­fi­dent and re­laxed.

Nadir, 69, wore a blue dou­ble­breasted suit, slightly crum­pled from his flight from North­ern Cyprus back to the UK, with a silk hand­ker­chief and lat­ticed leather slip-on shoes.

His wife wore a tight-fit­ting black de­signer dress ruf­fled at the front and split to the thigh, ac­ces­sorised with a dis­tinc­tive black-and-white scarf and what ap­peared to be a £1,100 black Mar­cello de Cartier hand­bag.

Nadir smiled for the pho­tog­ra­phers wait­ing out­side the house, which is re­port­edly cost­ing him £20,000 a month to rent, be­fore be­ing es­corted by his body­guards to a wait­ing car.

The ty­coon is ex­pected to hold meet­ings with his lawyers, who in­clude lead­ing crim­i­nal de­fence bar­ris­ter Wil­liam Clegg QC, ahead of a hear­ing at the Old Bai­ley on Septem­ber 3.

Nadir was fac­ing 66 counts of theft re­lat­ing to the col­lapse of his Polly Peck em­pire when he fled Bri­tain in May 1993 for North­ern Cyprus, which has no ex­tra­di­tion treaty with the UK.

He flew back to face the fraud charges, in­sist­ing he was in­no­cent and had not done a “deal” with the Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties.

The for­mer Con­ser­va­tive Party donor re­fused to rule out giv­ing more money to the new govern­ment, telling Sky News: “We will see how life goes. We’ve got a lit­tle in­jus­tice to sort out.”

Ear­lier this year, Nadir’s le­gal team in­di­cated he was will­ing to re­turn to face trial in Bri­tain as long as he was granted bail.

The Se­ri­ous Fraud Of­fice agreed not to op­pose bail in re­turn for strin­gent con­di­tions.

Un­der the terms of his £250,000 bail, the busi­ness­man must hand over his newly is­sued Bri­tish pass­port, wear an elec­tronic tag and re­port weekly to a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion.

Nadir ap­pears anx­ious to main­tain good re­la­tions with the Bri­tish me­dia – mem­bers of his team of­fered re­porters tea in fine china cups.

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