Nobu Su, the fallen shipping magnate currently residing at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Pentonville prison in north London, is understood to have tapped human rights experts in a bid to get himself out of jail.
Su was found guilty last Friday on 15 of 17 counts of contempt of court. Once of one of Asia’s largest shipowners, in charge of Taipei-headquartered TMT, the Taiwanese tycoon was handed a 21-month sentence by a judge at a court in London, in a long-running battle Su had with Polys Haji-Iannou, the head of World Tankers Management, over an FFA deal that went sour in 2008.
Su is understood to have sought the expertise of human rights law specialists to fight an appeal. Sources close to Su tell Splash the embattled tycoon believes the British state should never have taken his passport away and frozen his assets.
Su was detained by British police as he came off a plane in January. His passport was taken by authorities and after a failed attempt to take a ferry to Belfast, Su was placed under house arrest, albeit in the five-star confines of the InterContinental Hotel on London’s Park Lane where room rates start at above $400 a night .
Sources close to Su tell Splash that he has not given up in his other court fights including a long running spat with former top management at the Royal Bank of Scotland.