UK to hunt its wanted fugitives in Cyprus

The United Kingdom has re-launched Operation Zygos to track down criminals evading justice in Cyprus.

UK to hunt its wanted fugitives in Cyprus

World Bulletin / News Desk

Operation Zygos, a joint operation between the UK's National Crime Agency and charity Crimestoppers, re-launched on Friday with six new appeals for fugitives thought to be evading British justice in the Greek Cypriot-controlled southern Cyprus.

The operation first ran in 2012 following successful campaigns in Spain and the Netherlands and four individuals were arrested while five remain at large.

The National Crime Agency's Head of European Operations Steve Bennett commented that “fugitives don’t just give up their criminal behavior, they typically remain part of the criminal world, creating harm and causing damage, sometimes to the new communities they live in. We are determined to ensure life on the run is intolerable for them and that they are brought back to the U.K. to face justice.”

While the Greek Cypriot-controlled zone is believe to be hiding many fugitives, a number are also believed to be hiding in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). However, due to the fact that the TRNC is not recognized by the British authorities, it has no extradition agreement for fugitives hiding there.

In 1993, Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir fled to the TRNC from the UK after being charged with fraud following the collapse of his Polly Peck business empire. After retuning to the UK in 2010 to face charges, the 72-year-old businessman was sentenced in 2012 to 10 years in prison. 

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