Disgraced tycoon Asil Nadir was yesterday ordered to pay back £5m of the money he stole from his Polly Peck business empire – or face a further six years in jail.
Nadir was jailed for 10 years in August after being found guilty of stealing £28.8m from the company and its shareholders.
He later claimed to be penniless after prosecutors demanded £60m should be paid in compensation and interest to the administrators.
Polly Peck, a leading stock exchange conglomerate, collapsed in 1990 after Nadir stole money which he sent abroad through a complex series of companies.
Mr Justice Holroyde, sitting at the Old Bailey, rejected his claims of poverty and said he believed Nadir had money stashed away.
Nadir was given two years to pay the compensation. He may be released after serving half of both sentences.
The judge also ruled that Turkish airline boss Hamit Cankut Bagana could apply for the return of the £250,000 security he paid to allow Nadir bail.
Nadir fled from the UK to his native Northern Cyprus in 1993 but returned in 2010 to face trial. He claimed to have lived on the generosity of his mother and a girlfriend while in exile and before he was discharged as a bankrupt.
But the judge said: “It is not true that Mr Nadir received no significant income or owned no significant assets since 1993.”