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UK’s CPS confirms Gary Robb’s extradition to Cyprus

My article yesterday was carefully worded for very good reason. I have now received a reply from the CPS Press Office.

“Your email below was passed on to press office for a response as we deal with media inquiries of this nature. Police and the CPS do not confirm whether arrest warrants have been issued in extradition cases until the persons named in the warrants are in custody and appear before the court.

I can therefore only confirm that the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court has ordered the extradition of Gary Robb on June 13, 2011. You will need to speak to the police in Cyprus about the two others named in your email.

The European Arrest Warrant relates to nine offences of which the defendant Gary Robb is accused. The alleged conduct may be summarised as follows: between 2004 and 2005, the defendant conspired with others (named as Tuncel Tahir SOYCAN and Akan Kursat TALAT) to develop land which did not belong to them, and to sell villas built without permission upon that land by means of false representations to the prospective purchasers. The land in question is situated in two localities; Franga and Paliomantra. These are areas within Kyrenia district in the occupied territory of northern Cyprus

The development of this land without ownership or permission forms the basis of charges under Cypriot law of (i) criminal trespass; (ii) illegal possession, cultivation, enjoyment or use of land; and (iii) malicious damage on trees.

The second aspect of the case concerns the fraudulent sale or offering for sale of villas on the illegally-developed plots of land. These fraudulent sales and offerings for sale are reflected in charges under Cypriot law of (i) obtaining goods by false pretences; (ii) fraud on the sale or mortgage of property; (iii) attempting to obtain money by false pretences; and (iv) money laundering.

The remaining two charges cited in the EAW are offences of conspiracy, namely (i) conspiracy to commit a felony and (ii) conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour.

The fraud is alleged to have occurred between April 2004 and April 2005. The contracts of sale entered into totalled £1.2m. We don’t have details of the investors and none were given in court.

Julie Seddon I Senior Press Officer
Communication Division I Crown Prosecution Service
Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London , SE1 9HS”

It would appear that no-one, not even the Sunday People have a definitive answer as to whether two further European Arrest Warrants have been requested or issued, which would explain why there was no mention of them in yesterday’s article. So the mystery continues, but not for too long if the other enquiry I have put out bears fruit.

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