North Cyprus isn’t recognised as a separate, unbiased state by any nation, aside from Turkey. The Greek Republic of Cyprus joined the EU in 2004, however the Greek Cypriots voted towards the UN plan to unite the island. In consequence, there isn’t a extradition association in place between North Cyprus and the UK.
This has led North Cyprus to change into a secure haven for people who find themselves fugitives from UK justice. Probably the most celebrated case is that of Asil Nadir, who was the Chief Govt of the British conglomerate Polly Peck. The agency collapsed in 1990 and Mr Nadir was not accessible for trial as he had absconded to North Cyprus. Mr Nadir has rehabilitated himself in North Cyprus, and owns a number of respected and profitable firms.
Among the different fugitives from the UK have a extra vibrant historical past in North Cyprus.
Mr Gary Robb is the previous proprietor of the Blue Monkey, a Teeside nightclub / rave joint. He was arrested by the Cleveland police in 1996 after some 200 police in full riot gear carried out a medicine raid on the premises. He was charged with conspiracy to provide Ecstasy and amphetamines Cyprus Citizenship by investment 2018.
His brother, James Robb, was convicted and given a 10 12 months sentence after a raid on the Colosseum membership in Stockton. Apparently the brothers both owned or managed 5 golf equipment within the North East of England. He had apparently confronted Grievous Bodily Hurt (GBH) fees on a number of events throughout the course of his profession.
Mr Gary Robb disappeared whereas on bail and subsequently surfaced in North Cyprus. He claims to be harmless of all fees and hopes to return to the UK, at some future date, as a way to clear his title.
Cleveland police have just lately confirmed that the warrant for Mr Robb stays on file and that he will probably be arrested ought to he return to the UK.
Mr Robb shaped a Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) firm, Aga Developments Ltd, and commenced a number of development initiatives within the TRNC.
The principle growth is at Arapkoy, to the east of Kyrenia and off the mountain highway to Nicosia and Ercan airport. On this website, some 246 properties stay below development. The location is named Amaranta Valley, and the unhappy story is sometimes called the Aga Saga.
Work at Arapkoy was halted in September 2005 when Mr Robb disappeared from the TRNC. On this event, he resurfaced in Thailand. He acknowledged that he had hoped to begin one other property firm in Thailand and assist with re-construction after the Tsunami catastrophe.
Throughout his keep in Thailand he apparently remarried. His spouse is an Ethiopian born woman, they usually now have a number of youngsters.
His honeymoon keep in Thailand was curtailed when he tried to switch some GBP1.5 million from a UK checking account. It’s no shock that the UK authorities had frozen the funds as he stays a fugitive from UK justice. Issues obtained worse when the TRNC authorities froze his North Cyprus financial institution accounts, though it’s unclear as to the worth of funds held in these accounts.
The TRNC authorities additionally revoked Mr Robb’s TRNC citizenship, based mostly on the allegation that his declare to have carried out army service within the UK was false. Which means that he was eligible for military service in TRNC previous to being granted citizenship. His plant and tools was apparently seized and impounded by TRNC customs officers as a result of paperwork and tax irregularities.
The Greek Republic of Cyprus issued a global arrest warrant based mostly on the cost that he had constructed on Greek land within the TRNC.
Mr Robb then negotiated a cope with the TRNC authorities whereby he would have the ability to return to North Cyprus, and keep out of jail, supplied he accomplished the Amaranta Valley undertaking. Because it was rumoured that the UK police had been looking for to extradite him from Thailand, a return to TRNC appeared the higher choice.