North Cyprus is not recognised as a separate, independent state by any nation, other than Turkey. The Greek Republic of Cyprus joined the EU in 2004, but the Greek Cypriots voted against the UN strategy to unite the island. In consequence, there is no extradition arrangement in location among North Cyprus and the UK. This has led North Cyprus to turn out to be a secure haven for people today who are fugitives from UK justice. The most celebrated case is that of Asil Nadir, who was the Chief Executive of the British conglomerate Polly Peck. The firm collapsed in 1990 and Mr Nadir was not offered for trial as he had absconded to North Cyprus.
Mr Nadir has rehabilitated himself in North Cyprus, and owns numerous reliable and profitable corporations. Some of the other fugitives from the UK have a far more colourful history in North Cyprus. Mr Gary Robb is the former owner of the Blue Monkey, a Teeside nightclub / rave joint. He was arrested by the Cleveland police in 1996 right after some 200 police in complete riot gear carried out a drugs raid on the premises. He was charged with conspiracy to provide Ecstasy and amphetamines.
His brother, James Robb, was convicted and offered a 10 year sentence right after a raid on the Colosseum club in Stockton. Apparently the brothers either owned or controlled five clubs in the North East of England. He had apparently faced Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) charges on numerous occasions for the duration of the course of his profession. Mr Gary Robb disappeared although on bail and subsequently surfaced in North Cyprus. He claims to be innocent of all charges and hopes to return to the UK, at some future date, in order to clear his name. Cleveland police have not too long ago confirmed that the warrant for Mr Robb remains on file and that he will be arrested should really he return to the UK. Mr Robb formed a Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) enterprise, Aga Developments Ltd, and commenced numerous building projects in the TRNC.
The principal improvement is at Arapkoy, to the east of Kyrenia and off the mountain road to Nicosia and Ercan airport. On this website, some 246 properties stay beneath building. The website is referred to as Amaranta Valley, and the sad tale is frequently referred to as the Aga Saga. Perform at Arapkoy was halted in September 2005 when Mr Robb disappeared from the TRNC. On this occasion, he resurfaced in Thailand. He stated that he had hoped to start out one more home enterprise in Thailand and assist with re-building right after the Tsunami disaster. Through his remain in Thailand he apparently remarried. His wife is an Ethiopian born lady, and they now have numerous youngsters. His honeymoon remain in Thailand was curtailed when he attempted to transfer some GBP1.five million from a UK bank account. It is no surprise that the UK authorities had frozen the funds as he remains a fugitive from UK justice. Issues got worse when the TRNC authorities froze his North Cyprus bank accounts, despite the fact that it is unclear as to the worth of funds held in these accounts.
The TRNC government also revoked Mr Robb’s TRNC citizenship, primarily based on the allegation that his claim to have performed military service in the UK was false. This signifies that he was eligible for army service in TRNC prior to getting granted citizenship. His plant and gear was apparently seized and impounded by TRNC customs officials due to paperwork and tax irregularities. The Greek Republic of Cyprus issued an international arrest warrant primarily based on the charge that he had constructed on Greek land in the TRNC. Mr Robb then negotiated a deal with the TRNC government whereby he would be in a position to return to North Cyprus, and remain out of jail, offered he completed the Amaranta Valley project. As it was rumoured that the UK police have been looking for to extradite him from Thailand, a return to TRNC seemed the improved alternative.
Upon his return to North Cyprus, Amaranta Valley was not the only home issue facing him. In fairness to Mr Robb, it would look that numerous of his colleagues and organization associates lacked loyalty and sought to profit from his misfortune. The precise information of numerous organization arrangements have not been published. In each and every of his developments, Mr Robb has been accused of double promoting. That is, promoting the exact same home to numerous UK shoppers and taking deposits and stage payments off each and every. In early January 2008, an agreement was reached among Mr Robb and some 200 UK shoppers of Amaranta Valley.
Mr Robb agreed to undertake a survey of the website and to demolish these properties which had decayed beyond repair due to the climate and landslip. The remaining properties would be completed in some 12 months offered the shoppers paid the remaining monies due to Aga Developments Ltd beneath their original contracts of sale. It was stressed that the shoppers would only will need to spend any outstanding funds which have been due. Mr Robb’s well being has deteriorated and he has apparently suffered a mild heart attack.
He does seem to be recovering, to the intense relief of his shoppers. On the other hand, he remains, as ever, upbeat. He has reportedly stated that he now wishes to obtain a additional 850 donums (283 acres) of adjoining land and develop a total of 1,000 homes at Amaranta Valley.