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Former owner Nadir jailed.

Byline: Graham Green

DISGRACED former tycoon Asil Nadir, who was jailed for ten years at the Old Bailey yesterday for plundering his Polly Peck empire of pounds 29 million, was an owner with Jenny Pitman during the height of his business success, writes Graham Green.

At the trial, reference was made to a cheque for pounds 14,871.46 paid by Nadir, 71, in February 1989 to the former Lambourn trainer. Among the jumpers to have carried Nadir's colours were Golden Freeze, runner-up in the 1989 Mackeson Gold Cup, and Don Valentino, third in the Triumph Hurdle the same year.

Nadir became Britain's most notorious fugitive, spending 17 years in his native northern Cyprus rather than face fraud and theft charges, before he returned to the UK two years ago in the hope of clearing his name.

Recalling how their association began, Pitman said: "Somebody who lived in my old home town did some work for him and I was asked if I'd meet him. I found him a thoroughly nice guy and never had any problems with him.

"He was supportive of us, and supportive of Mark when he was riding, so he was a very nice owner as far as I concerned."

Mr Justice Holroyde said Nadir was guilty of "theft on a grand scale", and had shown no remorse for his crimes.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2012
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