Jeweller to the stars ‘threatened to have witness killed’

A billionaire diamond dealer accused of swindling £1.5 billion from a national bank threatened to have a witness assassinated, a court heard. Nirav Modi, 49, one of India’s richest men, fled after allegedly taking part in the country’s biggest-ever fraud on the state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB). Modi, a jeweller to the stars, was arrested on March 19 last year in Holborn, central London after a Metro bank employee identified him as a fugitive when he tried to open an…

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