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Gulnara Karimova linked to British properties estimated at Au40 million.

Gulnara Karimova is believed to own a series of impressive British properties which anti-corruption investigators have been attempting to seize, the Daily Mail reported.

These are thought to include the [pounds sterling]30million Gorse Hill Manor in the Wentworth Estate gated community in Surrey, which was bought for [pounds sterling]18million in 2010.

The manor, built in 1912, is surrounded by 17-acres of gardens and a private boating lake, and has boasted neighbours including the late Sir Bruce Forsyth and the Sultan of Brunei.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) revealed in 2018 it hoped to recover British property linked to Gulnara Karimova but it did not say what these assets included.

Now, an announcement made by the SFO in the Gazette journal has revealed investigators believe she purchased three properties in Britain.

These include the [pounds sterling]30million Gorse Hill Manor, an [pounds sterling]8million property in Mayfair, London and an apartment in Belgravia valued at [pounds sterling]2million.

In July 2017, state prosecutors in Uzbekistan revealed they were seeking to freeze Karimova's alleged assets in Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Latvia, Malta, Germany, Spain, Russia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

These included London properties then believed to be worth [pounds sterling]22.9 million and [pounds sterling]4.2 million in British bank accounts.

Cash and properties in Switzerland plus villas at Chateau de Groussay and Saint Tropez in France, and a private jet in Malta, were also included.

The former Uzbek first daughter - who had been tipped to succeed her father as leader of her corruption-ridden country - was once dubbed a 'robber baron' by a US Embassy cable.

Karimova was accused in July 2017 of fraudulently acquiring assets worth [pounds sterling]455 million and received [pounds sterling]664 million in kickbacks paid into offshore accounts.

The total value of her alleged theft from the people of Uzbekistan was put at more than $2 billion.

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Date:Jan 28, 2020
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