12 February 2013 - Gary Robb Claims Compensation from TRNC
Having completed his jail sentence, Gary Robb has sent an open letter to President Eroglu, claiming compensation for himself and his many unhappy customers.
During the late 1990's and for nearly a decade, Gary Robb owned one of the largest construction companies in the TRNC. He now claims that the many problems he encountered were the fault of the then CTP government. These problems have been frequently reported over the years.
Mr Robb is now claiming compensation for himself and his aggrieved customers and is threatening to go to international adjudication if compensation is not received. Mr Robb is now back in the UK, having completed a nine month jail sentence in South Cyprus.
The letter is written in English and addressed to the President, though it was also circulated to the press. It lays heavy blame on the then Prime minister Sabit Soyer and Interior Minister Ozkan Murat.
The letter stresses that compensation must be paid to Mr Robb and his many ex-clients. He adds that this will be the last time he will be providing information to the government. If they do not respond positively, he will be taking legal action against the TRNC.
Mr Robb says that the reason his letter has been delayed, is because he has been involved in a number of legal cases. He feels that the full picture has never been revealed and provides a summary of his version of events, as follows:
He says that he came to the TRNC in 1997 to become a property constructor believing that the government would be supplying him with legal title deeds. He soon became the largest construction company through AGA Developments. He was also rewarded with TRNC citizenship.
He is now asking for his TRNC citizenship back and promises to address the problems of his ex- clients, particularly those at the Amaranta Valley project.
Mr Robb concludes with a threat saying that while Mr Eroglu was not involved in any of these incidents, if he does not respond positively, then he will be in the same boat as the other parties Mr Robb will be acting against. In addition all the various groups such as the Aga buyers action group need to apologise to Mr Robb for publishing incorrect information about him or he will be taking action in the UK against them also
Many commentators have poured scorn on this claim for compensation. In view of the distress suffered by the customers of Aga Developments Ltd, this is hardly surprising.
Some people do believe that Gary Robb came to North Cyprus with good intentions and that he formed his construction company in order to start a new life, based on a legitimate business operation. On this alternative view, Mr Robb was exploited by several sharp operators in North Cyprus and then blamed when things went wrong.
Mr Gary Robb will have major problems in establishing credility due to his criminal record and jail sentences in both the the UK and the Greek Republic of Cyprus. The rescinding of his TRNC citizenship has already been queried in North Cyprus, but it would be difficult for the current TRNC government to review the matter as it would send the wrong message to the international community. North Cyprus is no longer considered a safe haven for fugitives from justice, and the Greek Republic of Cyprus is currently in the international spotlight for alleged money laundering activities.
It is unclear as to how the legal claim will proceed, or even in which jurisdiction it will be lodged.
There are many contradictory reports concerning Mr Gary Robb, and we apologise for any inaccuracies.
Leslie Hardy - copyright - 12 February 2013
North Cyprus Property & Mortgage
from Wellington Estates Ltd
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