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Asil Nadir: Wife Nur's statement in full

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Media captionAsil Nadir's wife Nur: "My husband is a warm and a wonderful man"

Former fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir has been jailed for 10 years for stealing £29m ($46m) from his Polly Peck business empire. His wife, Nur, said he is innocent. Her is her statement in full:

My husband is a warm and a wonderful man. His business genius created a global company which brought jobs, prosperity, to tens of thousands of people around the world.

He had much more to lose by the downfall of his company than can be justified by those who carry the belief that his own motives may have supported his alleged actions.

It's important to know that Asil Nadir came from great wealth as a direct result of his and his family's working morals and ethics.

This man devoted his life to working, helping and giving to those that were around him. As a direct result of his hard work, he rightly earned a high standard of living which he himself created many years prior to Polly Peck.

The image that has been portrayed of him - as being one who solely lived off the benefits of Polly Peck - is a great prejudice to the truth. He is a man of a great character, integrity and honour, that gave in abundance to charities and worthy organisations for many years.

My husband is innocent and, having faith in the British justice legal system, we will continue with our efforts to rectify the wrongs.

I would like to thank the public for their continuous support.

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