The Turkish newspaper Sabah said that Mrs Nadir gave the money in cash to a close friend of the family, who took it in a suitcase from Northern Cyprus to Izmir in Turkey.
It was then banked with Citibank and transferred from Turkey to London on 5 April. There is no suggestion that Citibank was aware of the origin of the money or its purpose.
Once in London, the money was supposed to have been collected from a number of accounts at various banks in different names and used to pay for the costs of the escape, including the hire of a plane.
Nadir, who faces charges of theft in connection with the pounds 1.3bn collapse of his Polly Peck conglomorate, jumped his record pounds 3.5m bail on 4 May.
He flew by private jet to his home in Northern Cyprus, with which the UK has no extradition arrangements.
Polly Peck's administrators have obtained a pounds 73m judgment against Mrs Nadir, who is alleged to have unlawfully obtained the money from the company.
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