North Cyprus is not recognised as a separate, independent point out by any country, other than Turkey. The Greek Republic of Cyprus joined the EU in 2004, but the Greek Cypriots voted against the UN approach to unite the island. In consequence, there is no extradition arrangement in put among North Cyprus and the United kingdom.
This has led North Cyprus to become a risk-free haven for men and women who are fugitives from British isles justice. The most celebrated situation is that of Asil Nadir, who was the Main Govt of the British conglomerate Polly Peck. The firm collapsed in 1990 and Mr Nadir was not out there for demo as he had absconded to North Cyprus. Mr Nadir has rehabilitated himself in North Cyprus, and owns several reputable and profitable organizations.
Some of the other fugitives from the United kingdom have a extra colourful background in North Cyprus.
Mr Gary Robb is the former proprietor of the Blue Monkey, a Teeside nightclub / rave joint. He was arrested by the Cleveland law enforcement in 1996 right after some 200 police in total riot equipment carried out a medicine raid on the premises. He was billed with conspiracy to source Ecstasy and amphetamines.
His brother, James Robb, was convicted and provided a 10 calendar year sentence just after a raid on the Colosseum club in Stockton. Apparently the brothers both owned or managed 5 golf equipment in the North East of England. He experienced evidently confronted Grievous Bodily Hurt (GBH) rates on quite a few events in the course of the class of his vocation.
Mr Gary Robb disappeared when on bail and subsequently surfaced in North Cyprus. He promises to be innocent of all rates and hopes to return to the British isles, at some future date, in order to clear his name.
Cleveland law enforcement have not long ago confirmed that the warrant for Mr Robb stays on file and that he will be arrested ought to he return to the British isles.
Mr Robb shaped a Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) corporation, Aga Developments Ltd, and commenced a number of construction tasks in the TRNC.
The main improvement is at Arapkoy, to the east of Kyrenia and off the mountain highway to Nicosia and Ercan airport. On this site, some 246 homes remain below design. The web site is termed Amaranta Valley, and the unfortunate tale is generally referred to as the Aga Saga.
Function at Arapkoy was halted in September 2005 when Mr Robb disappeared from the TRNC. On this celebration, he resurfaced in Thailand. He said that he had hoped to begin an additional house firm in Thailand and assist with re-building after the Tsunami disaster.
During his remain in Thailand he apparently remarried. His wife is an Ethiopian born girl, and they now have quite a few small children.
His honeymoon keep in Thailand was curtailed when he attempted to transfer some GBP1.5 million from a United kingdom bank account. It is no surprise that the United kingdom authorities had frozen the funds as he stays a fugitive from British isles justice. Items received worse when the TRNC authorities froze his North Cyprus financial institution accounts, despite the fact that it is unclear as to the value of resources held in these accounts.
The TRNC governing administration also revoked Mr Robb’s TRNC citizenship, primarily based on the allegation that his claim to have carried out military provider in the Uk was false. This implies that he was qualified for military support in TRNC prior to getting granted citizenship. His plant and equipment was apparently seized and impounded by TRNC customs officers owing to paperwork and tax irregularities.
The Greek Republic of Cyprus issued an international arrest warrant primarily based on the cost that he had designed on Greek land in the TRNC.
Mr Robb then negotiated a deal with the TRNC federal government whereby he would be capable to return to North Cyprus, and stay out of jail, supplied he completed the Amaranta Valley undertaking. As it was rumoured that the United kingdom police ended up in search of to extradite him from Thailand, a return to TRNC appeared the much better selection.
Upon his return to North Cyprus, Amaranta Valley was not the only residence dilemma going through him. In fairness to Mr Robb, it would feel that many of his colleagues and enterprise associates lacked loyalty and sought to revenue from his misfortune. The specific details of various small business arrangements have not been revealed.
In just about every of his developments, Mr Robb has been accused of double marketing. That is, marketing the exact same home to several British isles customers and getting deposits and stage payments off just about every.
In early January 2008, an settlement was arrived at involving Mr Robb and some 200 Uk prospects of Amaranta Valley. Mr Robb agreed to undertake a survey of the web site and to demolish all those qualities which had decayed outside of repair because of to the climate and landslip. The remaining properties would be completed in some 12 months delivered the buyers compensated the remaining monies owing to Aga Developments Ltd underneath their primary contracts of sale. It was pressured that the prospects would only want to pay out any fantastic money which were being because of.
Mr Robb’s health has deteriorated and he has apparently suffered a mild heart assault. He does look to be recovering, to the rigorous reduction of his customers. Even so, he continues to be, as ever, upbeat. He has reportedly mentioned that he now needs to obtain a further more 850 donums (283 acres) of adjoining land and construct a total of 1,000 residences at Amaranta Valley.