Within 10 years Polly Peck had diversified, making colour televisions in Turkey, computers and electrical components, but also buying up the US fruit exporter Del Monte in an audacious coup when its parent company, Nabisco, was broken up.
With rumours circulating around the City of London, the company was raided by the Serious Fraud Office, causing its share price to collapse. His trial started on 23 Januaryon 13 specimen charges of theft and false accounting.Lessons for investors Nadir returned to the UK in August , was convicted two years later on seven counts of theft and was sentenced to ten years in jail. While investors who bought the company in and sold at the peak made a return of more than 1, times their initial investment, those who held on lost everything. Peter Dimond, the pilot who flew him out of Britain, was convicted of aiding a fugitive, but the conviction was quashed once it was determined that the bail had lapsed. In , Nadir was put on trial for fraud, but fled to Northern Cyprus which has no extradition treaty with the UK , where he lived for 17 years. At end of October an ex-parte application for provisional liquidation was granted at the High Court in London to the London branch of the National Bank of Canada. The SFO responded that he had had copies. Later he studied economics at Istanbul University, before moving to Britain with his parents and sister in After graduating, Nadir was invited by the Turkish government to take over a factory in Northern Cyprus that was abandoned as the result of the Turkish invasion. He has committed no crime in Cyprus. Legally, we can't do it because he is protected under our constitution. Ten months later, she too was freed by the Appeal Court. PPI's success in the electronics business was substantially enhanced in early when Akai of Japan decided to join Ferguson, Salora, and GoldStar as licensors to Vestel. Asil Nadir , born in Farmagusta, northern Cyprus, had a reputation in the late 80s as a ruthless businessman, feared rather than liked, it was said, a workaholic with no time for a social life, yet who charmed women and had mistresses.
The directors of Polly Peck met at their London HQ and undertook a course of action leading to voluntary administration. Beginnings[ edit ] Polly Peck began in as a small fashion house, founded by the husband-and-wife team of Raymond and Sybil Zelker.
The jury found him not guilty on three counts.Later he studied economics at Istanbul University, before moving to Britain with his parents and sister in In order to fund this expansion Polly Peck took on a huge amount of debt. The protracted Serious Fraud Office investigation after the collapse of the company only fed the gossip. His trial started on 23 January , on 13 specimen charges of theft and false accounting. A government minister, Michael Mates , resigned in following persistent press coverage of his close links to Asil Nadir which had led to Mates writing to the attorney general questioning the handling of the investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. It was an ignominious denouement to a decade in which the Turkish Cypriot-born business tycoon had become seen as first the darling and then the villain of the City of London as shares in his Polly Peck empire dived and soared, surrounded by rumours and innuendo about Nadir and his financial practices. When Nadir absconded two days before an Old Bailey hearing and four months before his trial, Sir David Hopkin, the magistrate who had granted bail, remarked urbanely: "He has been here for two years … which doesn't exactly show he had an immediate intention to bugger off, does it? The SFO responded that he had had copies. It found a trail of transactions which indicated that money had come from Polly Peck businesses in northern Cyprus to Fax. Beginnings[ edit ] Polly Peck began in as a small fashion house, founded by the husband-and-wife team of Raymond and Sybil Zelker. The report said that "Mr Nadir was able to initiate transfers of funds out of [Polly Peck's] London bank accounts without question or challenge.
But the City remained suspicious of Polly Peck's exponential growth and wary of its reliance on uncertain Middle Eastern and specifically Turkish markets. His hotels were sold to pay off tax debts inhis bank Endustri was taken over by the Central Bank of Northern Cyprus inand Kibris newspaper, a TV and radio station are all that remains of his known empire.
Even more debt consisted of long term loans for which Nadir had offered Polly Peck's shares as collateral. He refused.
After graduating, Nadir was invited by the Turkish government to take over a factory in Northern Cyprus that was abandoned as the result of the Turkish invasion.
The SFO responded that he had had copies. The SFO's case was dormant, but finally the 80s tycoon has found northern Cyprus too constraining and now feels prepared to take his chance with British justice.
PPI's success in the electronics business was substantially enhanced in early when Akai of Japan decided to join Ferguson, Salora, and GoldStar as licensors to Vestel.