Istanbul - Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir, who was jailed in Britain for stealing millions from his business empire, has been transferred to a prison in Turkey, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Friday. Nadir was flown from London to Istanbul on Thursday evening after British authorities accepted his request to serve the rest of his sentence in Turkey, the agency said.
The 74-year-old was jailed for 10 years in 2012 for stealing 29 million pounds from Polly Peck, an ailing textiles company which he transformed into one of the most successful British firms of the 1980s. Polly Peck collapsed in 1990 when British officials began a fraud investigation. Nadir was arrested but after being released on bail fled the country in a private plane to live in northern Cyprus, where he was beyond the reach of British law. Nadir returned to London in 2010 to clear his name after 17 years on the run, but he was found him guilty of 10 out of 13 charges of theft. After being taken to an Istanbul court following his arrival in Turkey, Nadir was transferred to Silivri jail to the west of the city, Anadolu said.