Business tycoon Asil Nadir is planning to return to the UK to face his overdue trial in the popular TV reality show Big Brother.
Nadir fled the country 17 years ago, ironically before the show had started, when faced with theft charges stemming from the collapse of Polly Beck empire. Nadir has told reporters that he believes the time is right for a return; "I'm delighted ... that, after making such an effort all these years, the environment now is acceptable and it's correct for me to go back into the house and hopefully get a closure to this sad affair.”
Nadir, a major donor to the Conservative Party, will join a host of previous Big Brother contestants for the final outing of the show, dubbed Ultimate Big Brother. However, critics of the show have dubbed Nadir’s return a cheap stunt and claim that producers knew all along that he was returning. A post on a Facebook group set up to oppose Nadir’s return reads; “It was obvious they were planning to bring him back all along when they put Nadia Almada back in there as a stop-gap. They’ll simply switch the contestants over when people are busy watching Chantelle get back into Preston’s pants. Nobody will notice.”
Producers of the show have yet to confirm or deny whether Nadir will indeed be returning to the Big Brother house. However, a spokesman for the Serious Fraud Office, which launched an investigation into Nadir’s activities in 1991, gave the strongest credence to the rumours when he sent a SMS text message to the show which read ‘nadir to win xxxxxx’.