The Serious Fraud Office was told to speed up its prosecution of one of Asil Nadir's principal aides by a Bow Street magistrate yesterday, after its second request for an adjournment in the case.
Elisabeth Forsyth, formerly the Turkish Cypriot businessman's financial adviser, was charged in October on two counts of handling pounds 88,050 and pounds 307,000 in stolen funds. Mrs Forsyth, 58, a former chairman of South Audley Management, returned voluntarily
to Britain from Cyprus in September, four years after the dawn raid that triggered the collapse of the Polly Peck fruit-to- electronics empire. Nadir, who jumped his pounds 3.5m bail last year and fled to northern Cyprus, is charged with theft and false accounting involving more than pounds 30m.
During a short hearing yesterday, the SFO said that it had not completed preparation for its case against Mrs Forsyth and asked the court for more time to collect evidence before it is commited to trial. The SFO had sought a similar extension on the samegrounds last month. It said that a vital piece of evidence being sought from Swiss authorities had not yet come into its possession. …