Clark refuses to give Nadir free publicity: Fugitive promises to repay bail sureties

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KENNETH Clarke, the Home Secretary, said yesterday that he had no intention of giving free publicity to Asil Nadir, the fugitive businessman, by taking up correspondence with him, writes Andrew Glinieki.

Yesterday, Nadir appeared on two BBC television programmes, Breakfast With Frost and The Money Programme, to continue what appears to be a relentless publicity offensive.

Nadir had faxed a handwritten two-page letter to Douglas Hurd, the Foreign Secretary, setting out his conditions for returning to Britain from his 'safe haven' in northern Cyprus. In it he offered to come back to Britain in return for unconditional bail restrictions so that he could travel abroad on business.

Mr Clarke, speaking on BBC Radio 4, reiterated the Home Office response that Nadir should surrender to his bail and let the courts deal with the matter. He added: 'I have no intention of engaging in correspondence with him to keep up the publicity in northern Cyprus.' Since skipping his pounds 3.5m bail last week, Nadir, who faces 13 charges of theft and false accounting, has maintained a high profile.

On Breakfast With Frost, he said that no one would be 'hardshipped' by his action, and he would repay those who had put up bail for him.

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