A High Court judge is to rule today on a claim that property baron Nicholas van Hoogstraten was behind the 'assassination' of one of his business rivals.
Mr Justice Lightman has been asked to decide whether Mr van Hoogstraten was directly involved in Mohammed Raja's death, despite having been cleared of the criminal charge of manslaughter.
The issue is central to a £6 million civil action being brought against the property tycoon by the dead man's family.
Mr van Hoogstraten was not present or legally represented when the accusation was made against him at a six-day hearing last month.
Mr Raja, 62, was in the process of suing Mr van Hoogstraten over a business deal at the time of his death. He was stabbed and shot after answering the doorbell at his home in Sutton, south London, on July 2, 1999.
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