Nadir distributes secret court documents

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ASIL NADIR, the fugitive tycoon, is dis tributing in Britain a bound volume of secret court documents to support his claims that he was the victim of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. It is being sent, according to a Nadir aide, to more than 1,000 people, including every MP.

In an open letter signed by Nadir which accompanies the volume, he claims: 'It became increasingly evident that the behaviour of the prosecution amounted to a miscarriage of justice in the making. I left the country because I did not see why, if found guilty as a result of the constant tampering of my trial, I should then languish in jail for years like the Birmingham Six or the Guildford Four until someone decided to take up my case and prove my innocence. I doubt very much that the 'free the Belgravia One' would strike a chord with the sympathies of many of the British people, however great the miscarriage of justice.'

Nadir fled the country in May while facing fraud charges following the collapse of his Polly Peck empire. He claims in the dossier that there was a 'deliberate and sustained campaign' by the prosecution to interfere with the conduct of his trial.

Many of the documents presented in the dossier relate to court hearings held in private which are covered by a ruling by the judge, Mr Justice Tucker, that there should be no publication of the proceedings because it could interfere with the trial.

While recognising that their publication amounts to contempt, Nadir says he is distributing them 'to expose how the prosecuting authorities tried to intimidate the judge who was to preside over my trial'.