FORMER POLLY PECK BOSS DENIES £33M THEFT

BUSINESS tycoon Asil Nadir, who returned to Britain last year after 17 years abroad, yesterday pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of theft from his collapsed Polly Peck conglomerate. The 70-year-old Turkish-Cypriot appeared at the Old Bailey and denied theft of £33.1m from the business between 1987 and 1990. He had been due to face trial yesterday but proceedings have been delayed.