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The daughter of the former Uzbekistan dictator is set to lose her vast property empire as anti-corruption investigators attempt to seize her assets, Daily Mail 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.

Karimova mansion

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.

Now, an announcement made by the SFO in the Gazette journal has revealed investigators believe she purchased 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 when scantily-clad photographs emerged of her wearing peacock feathers.

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 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.

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