An activist and former Rolling Stones agent's flat was sold without his knowledge while he campaigned in the Amazon rainforest, the High Court heard on Tuesday
Captain Clive Kelly, barefooted and with his face tattooed in native designs, told a judge that he had not seen a penny of the £200,000 sale.
The 68-year-old accuses Turkish businessman Ibrahim Bakir, estate agent Arshad Mahmood and his former neighbour, Keith Steward, of conspiring to sell the £265,000 property in Sinclair Road, West Kensington.
Mark Dencer, representing him, told deputy judge Mark Pelling QC that the three formed a 'dishonest association' from which they all reaped reward.
Mr Kelly said he had never met Mr Mahmood and his first knowledge of him was when he valued his flat in 2004.The second time he heard of him was in July 2006 when he found out he had bought his flat, he told the court.
Captain Kelly says he met Mr Bakir in 1970 in London and he set him up making and selling jewellery in Las Palmas.
He said he did not see him for 34 years when Mr Bakir saw him on television in the Canary Islands and re-introduced himself.
"He told me that by teaching him the business I had made him a rich man.''
They then discussed staging exhibitions around Europe of his collection of Amerindian artefacts.''
Captain Kelly said Mr Bakir told him that he worked for the Turkish Chamber of Commerce and that his father had recently died and he wanted to put the 900,000 dollars left to him into Captain Kelly's bank account so that they could set up a hotel and museum business.
Mr Bakir suggested that he should sign a power of attorney to give him the authority to deal with his artefacts.
Mr Kelly said: "It was never agreed, or even discussed, that Mr Bakir would use the power of attorney to sell my flat in London.''
News of the sale emerged in July 2006 when Captain Kelly rang his UK solicitor from Brazil to say he was thinking of selling his flat, and inquiries by that solicitor at the Land Registry revealed the flat had apparently been sold two months earlier.
Captain Kelly told the judge he allowed his heart to rule his head when he granted power of attorney, allowing Mr Bakir to run his affairs.
Mr Bakir, he says, had offered around 900,000 dollars to continue his campaigning and set up a museum of Amerindian tribes. But he said he had not received any of the money.
He added: "I had hoped to use my flat in London for my retirement and as an investment, but when I returned to London I found I was homeless.''
Mr Mahmood, who will say he believed the purchase was genuine, and Mr Steward deny any knowledge of a conspiracy. Mr Bakir is not involved in the case, which has been adjourned until later this week.