A billionaire property developer has denied ever being married to his alleged “wife” in a bid to avoid handing over a share of his fortune, it has been reported.
Asif Aziz told a Family Court that his marriage to Tagilde Aziz was based on a fake certificate which was obtained so a child they had adopted could get a passport.
The pair were divorced in November last year, but the property tycoon now wants the decision to be overturned on the grounds that they were never legally married.
“The parties went on holiday to Malawi in September 2002. They were at that time planning to relocate to England. They needed a passport. Arrangements were made,” his legal counsel told the Judge.
But Ms Aziz says her former partner must explain why he “presented to the world for a period of two decades” that the pair were married.
She says they were together for 20 years and she is entitled to a “fair share” of the £1.1 billion marital pot.
Mr Aziz is CEO and founder of property group Criterion Capital. According to reports, the group owns large portions of the West End, including 1 Leicester Square, 1 Piccadilly, the London Trocadero, and 1 Jermyn Street, St James’s.
The hearing is ongoing.