Prince Andrew is embroiled in a fraud case currently before the courts, according to documents released by the press on Friday. The prince is said to have received large sums of money from a Turkish businessman.
The Duke of York and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, have been discredited in a dispute between Nebahat Esplin, a Turkish woman in her 70s, and London-based Turkish businessman Salman Turk. The woman allegedly asked the businessman to withdraw her assets from Turkey, where her husband was imprisoned. The dispute is being heard before the High Court in London.
According to court documents cited by the British press, the prince and his ex-wife received “significant sums” from the former banker accused of embezzling about 40 million pounds (47 million euros) from Esplin. The Turkish Women’s Defense says: “The money was used for purposes outside of Espelene, for example for important sums that were paid to Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.”
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According to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, the prince has received more than one million pounds. Prince Andrew later returned the money, but refused to answer questions from Esblin’s lawyer, the Telegraph wrote.
According to the public prosecutor, the amount was paid in November 2019, a few days after the businessman won a prize in a competition for businessmen organized by the prince.