Gulnara Karimova, 47, is believed to own a series of luxury British properties
The daughter of a former Uzbekistan dictator is set to lose her vast property empire as anti-corruption investigators attempt to seize her assets, it has been reported.
Gulnara Karimova, 47, is believed to own a series of impressive British properties which anti-corruption investigators have been attempting to seize, the Times reported.
These are thought to include the £30million Gorse Hill Manor in the Wentworth Estate gated community in Surrey, which was bought for £18million in 2010.
The elegant manor, built in 1912, is surrounded by 17-acres of gardens and a private boating lake, and has boasted neighbours including the late Sir Bruce Forsyth and the Sultan of Brunei.
Karimova has been accused of accumulating more than £661million in bribes while her despotic father Islam Karimov led Uzbekistan between 1991 and 2016.
The Uzbek ‘princess’ was sentenced to five years in jail in 2015 for promoting a criminal gang. Karimova then received an additional five years for embezzlement and extortion in 2017, OOCRP reported.
This was later commuted to house arrest in her Tashkent flat.
Karimova was then allegedly jailed last March after she reportedly breached the terms of her house arrest when she ‘left her flat on numerous occasions and accessed the internet’, the BBC reported.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) revealed in 2018 it hoped to recover British property linked to the glamorous Uzbek ‘princess’ but it did not say what these assets included.
These are thought to include the £30million Gorse Hill Manor (pictured) in the Wentworth Estate gated community in Surrey
Karimova has been accused of accumulating more than £661million in bribes while her despotic father Islam Karimov led Uzbekistan between 1991 and 2016
Now, an announcement made by the SFO in the Gazette journal has revealed investigators believe she used her wealth to purchase three properties in Britain.
These include the £30million Gorse Hill Manor, an £8million property in Mayfair, London and an apartment in Belgravia valued at £2million.
Karimova disappeared from view in 2014 after her father was allegedly angry after scantily-clad photographs of her emerged.
In July 2017, state prosecutors in Uzbekistan revealed they were seeking to freeze Karimova’s alleged assets in Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Latvia, Malta, Germany, Spain, Russia, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.
These included London properties then believed to be worth £22.9 million and £4.2 million in British bank accounts.
She was sentenced to five years in jail for embezzlement and money laundering in 2015, which was later commuted to house arrest in Tashkent
Pictured: An indoor pool inside Gorse Hill Manor, which anti-corruption investigators are reportedly attempting to seize
Cash and properties in Switzerland plus villas at Chateau de Groussay and Saint Tropez in France, and a private jet in Malta, were also included.
The former Uzbek first daughter – who had been tipped to succeed her father as leader of her corruption-ridden country – was once dubbed a ‘robber baron’ by a US Embassy cable.
Once the richest and most powerful woman in all ex-USSR countries, as well as a diplomat, pop singer, catwalk model, mobile phone mogul, and, in her own words, an ‘exotic Uzbekistan beauty’, she was seen as the ‘most hated woman’ in her homeland.
Her cotton and gas-rich country became known as ‘Corruptistan’ as her nepotistic father indulged her whims, before finally turning on her as he became senile.
Former British ambassador Craig Murray once described the then all-powerful ‘princess’ as a beautiful but deadly James Bond villainess.
Pictured: Islam Karimov, the father of Karimova, who ruled Uzbekistan between 1991 and 2016
Pictured: Karimova with former US president Bill Clinton during the Cannes Film Festival in 2009
He said: ‘Gulnara Karimova is one hell of a package. Richer than Paris Hilton, undeniably smarter and arguably sexier – and I’ve met both.
‘Harvard MBA, owner of scores of businesses, martial arts black belt, fluent in four languages, professional jewellery designer, poet and performer of a number one hit pop single.’
She was accused in July 2017 of fraudulently acquiring assets worth £455 million and received £664 million in kickbacks paid into offshore accounts.
The total value of her alleged theft from the people of Uzbekistan was put at more than $2 billion.
Her 24-year-old son Islam Karimov Jr previously accused the Uzbek authorities of seeking to kill Karimova, alleging she was a victim of vengeance by jealous cronies of her father.
‘They want to eliminate her, most likely by poisoning,’ he alleged. ‘They are not interested in freeing her, because then everything will be revealed.
‘They will have to answer a lot of questions then. No-one could answer these questions.’