Thursday, 26 August 2010

Tales out of Hollywood: Asil Nadir

Turkish businessman Asil Nadir's life reads a little like an over-the-top Hollywood script. 

The Turkish Cypriot built an empire from virtually nothing to become one of 1980s Britain's richest men. After being imprisoned for a whole raft of charges ranging from insider trading to fraud, Nadir made a daring escape from prison by helicopter - with the suspected collusion of the British government. For the last 20 years he's been holed up in his pad in Northern Cyprus - a country that has no extradition agreement with the UK.

Now, Asil Nadir has returned to the UK to fight the charges levelled against him in the 1980s. Read all about the spectacular rise - and the catastrophic fall - to power here.


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