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Transcript for video 2 – Court reporting in Cyprus

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Everyone has the right to a fair and public hearing, held within a reasonable time and heard before an independent impartial court. Courts are there to act on behalf of ordinary people, so it’s essential that they carry out their business in public, to show that they are effective, fair and consistent. Oh boy!

Hello, I’m Conor O’Dwyer and welcome to Beyond Contempt. In this video, I will explain how the press is effectively shut out of the courts in Cyprus particularly when it comes to covering the court cases of foreigners. The judiciary does not want you to know what goes on in court; they want their decisions to speak for themselves. They want those decisions and verdicts and the length of time taken to reach them to have a chilling effect on foreigners. The message sent out from Cyprus is this; there is no effective justice system in Cyprus, don’t even try to take us to court!

In this video, I will share my experience from the district courts in Cyprus, show you how the press was shut out of the courtroom, share the lessons I’ve learned and the mistakes that I will not repeat when my cases finally come to appeal at the Supreme Court, and in this video I’ll also be giving you my No1 tip for attending court in Cyprus.

This is the second video I’ve released today if you haven’t seen the first please do watch that, as it was a valuable introduction. I’m sorry this video is long but it’s part of a foundation series that I’m doing before I expose criminals and the issues that have turned Cyprus so corrupt. Please bear with me for a few videos while I set the stage and I promise that from video six onwards we’ll start the fight back.

If you’ve bought property in Cyprus, are a victim of a crime on holiday or if you live over there, I think you will relate to much of the content here and find it of great interest so if you can please share this video with your friends on social media. Links to everything I cover, all the facts are below in the show notes, there is an audio version available on Soundcloud, it will be up on all the usual podcast platforms and hopefully soon in the iTunes store. I’ll be doing a live stream on Facebook any day now with extra content where I’ll answer questions so please check my twitter account and Facebook for timings.

Now before I go on to talk about the press in Cyprus as this is my first day, I’d like to take 2 minutes and thank some very special people up front, I’ll also mention others throughout this video and will expand further in the live streams. It’s relevant to the subject matter too because these people became not only friends but de facto court reporters who bore witness to some atrocious behaviour by my property developer, his lawyers, their witnesses and the judiciary itself.

If you’re new to my story, let me put these heroes in context. It was in 2005 that I bought an off-plan villa in Cyprus, 13 years ago now. It was in 2006 that my developer Karayiannas breached that contract and first assaulted me. In 2007 I went fully public, and through forums online I found out that my property developer had sold my house to another at a higher price. And it was from there, these forums where expats support each other, that some very exceptional people made contact.

In January 2008 I was assaulted by my property developer and his staff for a second time, and it was at that point that I started to meet some people from these forums in person. Some came to my bedside in the hospital and reassured my wife back home that I was in safe hands and had a place to stay. Others outraged got on the forums offered their help and support, and we met when the case finally came to court. Others fought my corner online, came to my protests and gave me the strength to pursue through the courts. You’re all incredible people thank you so much for what you did.

Attending court with me were some real characters, the best of British with a life experience and a sense of humour that would pick you off the floor. People who came just to help me out, they had no issues themselves but came to keep me company, sit on the public bench and to see justice done. They knew how corrupt Cyprus was and they knew that I had a hell of a battle ahead.

Others who came also had property cases ongoing at the time, and we learnt from each others. Unfortunately, some of those have died now before getting justice, but some are still there fighting on, hanging in there, their court cases like mine are way over 12 years old now.

Now my property developer Karayiannas and the players they brought to court are vicious in Cyprus. They are criminals that continue unpunished and those who attended court with me took a risk for us, especially in the Paralimni area in a country which can be so brutal if you lose your local connections. I won’t name you here for those reasons and because some of you still have pending litigation but Michaela and I want to thank you all for everything you did.

So, court reporting in Cyprus and in this context I mean journalism, the printed press and the media. In the next video, I’ll be talking about the official court reporter the stenographer and the lack of official court transcripts. Now outside of the courtroom, I had a lot of press coverage, and I’ve archived the articles on my website, the press were great and it was an incredible experience talking to journalists, I learnt a lot, but it is stressful learning when your life is pretty much on the line.

I think my families plight gained a lot of attention for various reasons. The assaults were, of course, the most significant factor “if it bleeds it leads” as they say in journalism. And the attacks on me went to the front page. But the property issue sparked outrage too. How can a property developer sell the same house twice, a criminal fraud surely? Well, the press never got an answer to that one, but the property boom was on at the time and anything property related was well covered.

My website brought a lot of attention and after Karayiannas assaulted me a second time I started to stage protests. Famagusta’s finest the Paralimni police and the Attorney General would not pursue Karayiannas for any crime, so I took to a tent outside the Cyprus High Commission in London where I camped outside for two and a half months until Karayiannas were finally indicted and a court date set. I’ll cover all this in later videos, but that protest was well covered, and so were the demonstrations at the property shows here in the UK.

Outside of the courtroom, I had a lot of press, the Cyprus Mail, the Cyprus Weekly, the Financial Mirror, many others, some of the Greek language press too and I want to thank all the hard working journalists that covered our plight. But I’d like to take a moment to give special thanks to the Cyprus Property News and the owner and editor Nigel Howarth. Everyone who’s bought property in Cyprus is aware of Nigel Howarth; he has been helping overseas buyers for decades, he gives up his time to give free advice on forums and has helped thousands come unstuck. His book and online magazine are invaluable tools, and if you’re thinking of going to Cyprus you need to go to Nigel news magazine, every property pitfall is there archived, this stuff has been going on for decades. Thank you Nigel, for covering my cases, for seeking opinion from the opposition and for all your help and advice and support over the years.

So what’s the issue here though? If I’ve had all this press where’s the danger? What’s going wrong in Cyprus? Well like I said all this press was from outside of the courtroom. Now for the remainder of this video, I will be giving you examples from just one of my court cases; I’ll show you how the press was shut out from attending court in the second assault criminal trial. I touched on this crime and the case in the first video, I’ll give a little more detail here as to what was going on in court.

Now this case, although I was the victim it’s a criminal case, I’m just a witness for the prosecution under subpoena to appear, it’s the state versus Marios Karayiannas, his father Christoforos Karayiannas and their employee Charalambous Ttigis before District Court Judge Evi Antoniou.

In charge of this case, prosecuting is a state prosecutor obviously not my personal lawyer, I had many cases both criminal and civil against Karayiannas and when I tell you how much I spent on this second assault you will be sickened and it’s still going on over a decade after the assault, as I await my appeal for damages, it’s the most straightforward case you could ever present to a court, I hope you’re proud of yourselves Cyprus.

But back to the press coverage, now between crime and punishment at different stages, there are many rules strictly limiting what a journalist can write. I won’t cover them all here, but I found it fascinating researching this video and I can see now, how the press followed these rules.

When a crime first takes place, but before any arrest, that’s when the press has the most freedom. They can immediately report that a crime has happened and alert the public, they can talk to the victim and the witnesses and publish their accounts, but once an arrest is made and it’s looking like charges are to follow then restrictions on the press are put in place. And the press had plenty of time during this period after the assault, and it was well covered.

You see although the police were on the scene in minutes of my assault and I identified the attackers right there in front of them before I left in the ambulance, it took Famagusta’s finest the Paralimni Police three days to arrest Karayiannas, three days. And by that time the third guy who held me down while they attacked, their employee he had absconded. He wasn’t  arrested.

I gave my statement to the police immediately, they knew who did it, the police stood shoulder to shoulder with them at the crime scene, it happened in front of the whole village as Marios Karayiannas rammed my car at the junction, but it took three days before they were arrested and on the fifth day it was reported in the press that the Father and Son property developers were being held in connection with a traffic accident, grievous bodily harm and robbery.

Listen, please don’t underestimate what I was up against in Cyprus and as I tell my story and get it out there, you will understand why I went to such extraordinary lengths to make sure everyone from the President downwards knew what happened and what was ongoing. I was in the hospital for six days and during that time I was speaking to the press, and they were also interviewing my lawyer Yiannos Georgiades.

But once arrested and charges are brought, the press are limited in what they can say. Between being charged and the judges’ verdict this period is called sub judice, a Latin phrase meaning under judgment. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial and restrictions are put on the press sub judice, that’s worldwide but know this when placing this restraint on the press in Cyprus.

There is no jury system in Cyprus, its judges, a single judge in most cases. There aren’t 12 members of the public sat there on a jury like here and worldwide that can be influenced by what their friends say or what they read in the papers. It’s a professional judge who is supposed to have formal training but don’t get me started here, but no it’s a judge’s job, working for the public, to weigh up the evidence and evaluate the witnesses in court and it’s those people selected from the Bar Association in Cyprus who give both verdict and sentencing.

You know, a curious exchange happened in one of my civil cases, not this criminal assault case I’m digressing here but a civil suit. Karayiannas’ lawyers were complaining of what was written about the company on the forums online.  It turns out that selling the same houses twice and assaulting your customers they said was affecting business and they wanted to keep this quiet.

But they said they wanted a blackout from what was said online so it would not affect the court case before the court. Well, my lawyer, Yiannos Georgiadis stood up and said they’ve just insulted you, your honour, they’ve just insulted the court suggesting that you can be influenced by what is written on a British expat forum, the judge agreed, and no restrictions was ever placed on the forums. So thank you Yiannos for that.

But because it’s a single judge, one person who has total control over justice, it’s critical that the courts are open and transparent and that’s why what I have to say next is so dangerous, but it explains a lot of what’s going on in Cyprus.

The press are shut out of the courtrooms in the Republic of Cyprus and here’s how. The press must cover the whole case or basically nothing at all. To protect themselves from defamation the press worldwide are granted a privilege, but they lose that privilege if three conditions are not met, the press has to be fair, accurate and report without malice. The first condition ‘fair,’ they have to give equal coverage to both sides. They cannot just come to court one day and publish your testimony; they have to return to hear the opposing argument.

A case of serious grievous bodily harm and criminal damage here in the UK would take around five days in court and not full court days either. The victim would give a testimony one day and probably cross-examined the same day if not the following day, the accused would do the same, witnesses, police and doctors would follow then a deliberation, verdict and justice served. Easy for the press to cover the details of the case and accusations from both sides before going to print.

In Cyprus, my testimony telling the court what happened, took a day. I had to show video evidence which they objected to, so some days prior were wasted there, and actually a whole trip got wiped out. Other days were lost because the court was not ready, there was no video screen to show my camera footage and some days the accused didn’t bother to show up; this happened several times throughout the case but they were never remanded into custody, so you get a picture of what’s going on here.

But in essence, after many false starts and another trip, my examination-in-chief began and finished on the same day, the 6th May 2009. Just a few hours to read out my statement and show the video evidence.

So how long do you think my cross-examination lasted? How many hours on stand? How many days on the stand? How long were Karayiannas’ lawyers given to cross-examine me on this assault? A day? Two maybe? For an assault that lasted 10 minutes. How about 14 court dates, over 20 hours of cross-examination, spread over months, making me fly back and forth from the UK. Rarely given consecutive days either, instead the judge on every trip would set the dates just far enough apart that flying home in between and returning would not have been possible, it would have been too expensive, so I had to spend eight weeks away from my family just to complete my testimony in the assault case and remember this was my second assault. A prosecutor had tricked me into not attending the first assault case, that’s how Karayiannas got away with that one.

But I had to do this as I had my property cases to follow. There was certainty that Karayiannas would go to jail for this, this the second assault and their unrepentant behaviour in court over those two years should have sealed their fate, then once secured in jail they would be forced to attend court in my property cases, no more no-shows and not bothering to turn up.  There was certainty they would go to prison, but that didn’t happen.

Let’s get back to the press coverage though. Now the press cannot cover this; they cannot show how the British are treated in court. They cannot afford to have a reporter sat there for days on end to cover your case no matter how bad your property developer has treated you. And every foreigner I speak to the situation is the same, everyone is called there for 8 am, but we are always the last case to be heard of the day, you will not take the stand till after lunch. A reporter cannot be tasked to cover your case no matter how bad the situation and remember to go to print they would have to cover the whole case, they would of had to do this for two years.

But the reality is actually far worse than just the years taken for a simple case. If the judge is informed that a journalist is present and something damning against the Cyprus property market or tourism may be published they will simple adjourn the proceedings for the day. Cancel the day. Find an excuse, the judge is not well, we’ve run out of time, we’re not ready, there’s no room for your case today, have a nice flight home. It happened time and time again and the only story the press can report is delays and more delays.

Here are the headlines from this trial only.

“Bizarre twist as entire court ordered out” that was the start, 21st January 2009 when the press showed up the case was not heard on that day. “assault case begins” that was reported four months later. “case drags on into sixth month” two months after that. “More delays in O’Dwyer case” we’re now over a year into it, when the press turned up on that day it was cancelled again. And at that point, I actually asked my lawyer to keep a few dates hidden from the press, don’t tell them the case is on just so we could make some headway. I couldn’t afford to keep flying back and forth to Cyprus paying for accommodation, car hire and having days cancelled when the press show, of course, I had legal bills mounting too.

Around the verdict and sentencing was the worst. September, October, November 2010. The judge was ready, she set the dates to read out the decisions but when the press showed she cancelled on the day. She didn’t want a scene where the British ex-pats would show their disgust in front of the media. I travelled to Cyprus in September 2010 to hear the verdict and then it was cancelled as the press showed up. Later reported was merely “once again the case was adjourned as the judge was not ready to deliver the verdict and one of the accused failed to turn up.”

When the verdict finally came instead of flying to Cyprus I had to stay in the UK. I couldn’t afford to fly anymore. I instead returned to the Cyprus High Commission in London and protested there and heard the verdict by friends who phoned me after court. Karayiannas were found guilty of the assault and with a guilty verdict, I flew over for the sentencing to what we all thought was Karayiannas finally going to prison. The Cyprus Mail turned up but when the judge found out, she cancelled on the day, and the article written was simply “O’Dwyer assault sentencing delayed” November 2, 2010. We knew at that point that something really bad was about to happen.

The press wasn’t there when Karayiannas finally walked free with a suspended sentence. The press were exasperated, so with the coast clear, the judge read out the sentencing which made no sense and we faxed the result to the Cyprus Mail who merely wrote “Developers escape jail sentence in assault case” on November 4, 2010.

The court should be open to the public and the press not excluded as they are members of the public and so are the readers they represent. Reporters have the right to attend court cases and a duty to be there whenever possible on behalf of their readers who cannot attend. It was impossible for the press to hear my testimony of myself and my property developer and report what really happened in Court.

And all these tricks aside, the reality is actually far more sinister. You want proof. Let me show you what was really happening in that courtroom under District Court Judge Evi Antoniou.

This is a letter I’ve published on Beyond Contempt it’s from my lawyer Yiannos Georgiades to the British High Commission dated 22 July 2009. 7 months into this 21 month trial for an assault. As a British citizen, I reported to the British High Commission how I was being treated in court. They requested my lawyer, Yiannos, write to them and list my days in court, the 14 days under cross-examination, the weeks away from my family and Yiannos did that in this letter and he included this paragraph, let me read it out and then I’ll explain.

Moreover, I would like to inform you about an unacceptable incident that happened during the last hearing of the 15th of July: As long as I couldn’t be at the court that date, I arranged with a young law graduate, who will start his training with our office soon, to attend at the hearing and take notes of the procedure. When the Judge noticed that someone from the audience was taking notes, she stopped the procedure and in an ironic and offensive manner stated to him that he could stay in the audience as long as he didn’t take notes.

Let me explain what happened on that day, the judge did not recognise my legal representative who was sat next to me on the public bench, he was a young man, I had just met him, he had just past his law exams but she thought he was a journalist, she screamed at him, who are you, what are you doing in my court, what are you writing, ordered him out of the court to explain himself and only let him back in if he didn’t write anything down. He was shaken, it was probably his first time in court. And even when she was informed that he wasn’t a journalist but my legal representative she wouldn’t let him write anything down, that’s the paranoia, the xenophobia, the hatred they have for the British in court. They don’t care about your rights and they don’t want people to know what’s going on in the courts.

I felt at the time that I couldn’t speak out and I actually thought that the way I was being abused on stand and in Court would come back on the accused in the end, that the judge would throw the book at them and they would have to serve the maximum custodial sentence for their unrepentant behaviour. I was mistaken.

I couldn’t speak out at that time, but I want to give sincere thanks to those who did on my behalf. I want to take a moment to thank Denis O’Hare of the Cyprus Property Action Group who in those days spoke to the press and expressed his dismay and disgust not only in this assault case but also the property issue. Denis and other British expats including Nigel who I mentioned earlier, set up the Cyprus Property Action Group to raise awareness of the many property problems that are unique to Cyprus. Denis if you’re listening thank you for everything you did, I’m sorry I didn’t have any success to report in the lower courts, but I’m still fighting on.

I’d also like to give thanks to a couple of authors who mentioned my cases in their books. These books came out in 2013 at a time when I was pretty battered and exhausted from four years of court hearings. At that time my website was in a state of flux, and I all but disappeared from social media and I can’t remember if I thanked them properly.

So I’d like to first thank Dr Alan Waring for analysing our property case in his book Corporate Risk and Governance. This book is a thinking aid for corporate executives as it lays out the process of risk management. There are 75 cases studies in the book including ours. In the chapter covering property fraud, it explains how our house was sold to another without our permission or knowledge, this despite our contract in the land registry and how the judiciary in Cyprus broke against precedent and said this is not a criminal offence, this is something for the civil courts.

Alan is an International Management consultant, author, and columnist. During the district court years as I call them now, he wrote many articles on our case in the Financial Mirror, Cyprus Property News and Cyprus Mail they’re all archived on my website. Dr Alan Waring thank you for your analysis; I hope you follow our case through the appeal at the Supreme Court, I know you come from the corporate world, and I think you’ll agree with me that in business if you’re going to fail, you want to fail fast. Well, our civil case for that breach of contract is nearly 13 years old, and that should send the shivers down the spine of every boardroom executive contemplating business in Cyprus.

The second book is a sobering reminder that it’s not just property cases where the British suffer in court. ‘A Mental State’ is a breath-taking book by Gavin Jones. Gavin’s world was turned upside down in Cyprus after he and his wife Christine moved to the island to care for his mother after she developed advanced senile dementia. Gavin’s mother was Cypriot, an artist, well known in society with an incredible life story.

This book is an honest eyewitness account. First what it’s like caring for a loved one with dementia, heart-breaking as his mother’s condition deteriorated. Soon, she didn’t recognize him, she got confused. It’s beautifully written with funny bits too but it exposes the failings of the healthcare system in Cyprus, often more hostile than helpful. At that same time, Gavin and Christine were also fending off local crooks taking advantage of his mother, and you can really feel their exhaustion.

Gavin goes on to describe his mother’s horrific death in Paphos General Hospital when a nurse force-fed her. His mother was unconscious, a nil-by-mouth stroke victim. But food was forced, and within minutes she was dead. What follows next is unique to Cyprus a marathon inquest lasting almost two years with 14 hearing dates. In the end, a verdict of asphyxiation was given as the cause of death: an unnatural death which implies a non-accidental cause.

A lawsuit against the state for medical negligence followed, another two-year saga with the Attorney General playing games for the state. The Attorney General told the judge they wanted to settle out of court, a common trick; a lie used only to delay and cause further anguish and expense on the bereaved. Months later the Attorney General changed his mind and brought Gavin back to court. Eventually, Gavin had to settle, realizing that the presiding judge in the courtroom was, well to put it mildly, not very friendly to his cause.

The settlement didn’t even cover Gavin’s legal fees let alone the medical reports. The usual justice we get in Cyprus, even if you win, you lose outright. But it was not about money, but culpability and Gavin won that. There is more to this story including a crooked lawyer fraudulently assigning himself executor to his mother’s will. Gavin and Christine went through a lot and this book should be compulsory reading for all pensioners who think that Cyprus is the perfect place to retire to.

Thank you, Gavin, for writing this book and for mentioning our plight within. Your experience in court mirrored ours and every ex-pat I know who has been through the system. I’d love to read out some extracts from this book in the future as there are many lessons for us all. And one of those lessons and my number one tip for attending court in Cyprus is to keep a diary. Gavin couldn’t have written his book without Christine’s diary. Don’t make the mistake and think that your case will be over in one trip to Cyprus. The simplest case will be at least a two-year nightmare like Gavin’s inquest or my assault and you’re going to need an accurate record.

And you’re going to have plenty of time to write your diary, because you will be sat there in the waiting room for 4 hours every day in Court. You’re going to need this diary because you’re going to be appealing your case, every foreigner does, no one has ever got justice in the lower courts. In 13 years I’ve been following this, no one has ever been compensated. Never have I seen a punishment befall a crooked lawyer, property developer or any well-connected Greek Cypriot, never not once. Not in favour of a foreigner, not once in 13 years. There is absolutely nothing to deter these crooks. Your appeal will be six or seven years later so take note of everything. My No1 tip for attending court in Cyprus is to keep a diary from the start.

Now on the underground support groups on Facebook, I see Brits every day making the same mistakes I did, some think the police are going to do something, others are rejoicing that their court date has finally arrived. Most of you believe that your overwhelming evidence will secure victory, but you’re baffled as to the arrogance of your opponent. This channel is going to help you. I will open my diary of the lower courts, open the doors show you where the press couldn’t go.

In hindsight now, the biggest mistake I made was censoring myself sub judice. As I said, I thought everything that was happening in court would come back on the criminal. In every case I had, Karayiannas did so bad on the stand and were so unrepentant that I thought the judges were going to throw the book at them. In every case, I was very wrong.

I should have reported what happened in court as it happened, done the job of the press. Many of the fantastic people, the friends who attended court with me tried that. Reported what they saw on ex-pat forums. And I’d like to thank them forum owners Steve, from the Eastern Cyprus Forum, Neil, from Paphos People and Jim, from Cyprus Living back then, thank you guys for not taking down my posts or even requesting edits from me, you never censored me. I know it wasn’t easy, and that you and the moderators had quite a battle. Thanks also to every forum member who broke cover, when you’re up against it, it’s incredible how much strength you can get from just a kind comment, and that’s what the opposition tried to stop. There is a wealth of knowledge on the forums. Thank you, everyone, for your wisdom.

Now what I’ve done here is give you examples of how the courts in Cyprus shut out the press. I’ve shown how the judiciary operates in such a way that the press cannot possibly cover your case. Remember every day you are the last case to be heard, and this will go on for two years. It’s deliberate, simple and effective.

Then I gave examples of when journalists do show up; the judge will cancel the day entirely, leaving the press to publish only that your case has been delayed and adjourned again. Then I gave one small example, from one case, where District Court Judge Evi Antoniou threw out my legal representative because she thought he was a journalist and demanded that nothing be written down from the public bench.

That was an abuse of her power and these lone judges in the most corrupt country in Europe have great power. And with great power should come great accountability but there is none they make sure of that. And once they’ve knocked out that cornerstone of justice all your other rights fall soon after.

Your right to an independent judge, legal aid, professional translators, transcripts. I’ll show you how all these fell in our cases and much much worse, all dragged on over years, so you can forget about a reasonable time too.

That assault case I was the victim, but the judge did not think twice about having me spend months away from my family taking abuse from the opposition. 14 days of cross-examination, 20 hours of irrelevant questions, my website, my property contract, my education everything but the assault. That can only happen when the press is shut out.

I was under subpoena and gave the prosecutor my itemized bill for my flights, accommodation and car hire but I never got a penny back from the state and I was not reimbursed in the civil case either. Nothing gets reported, and it happens every day in Cyprus to foreigners.

On Beyond Contempt I’m going to show you why my cases are being appealed. Tell you what really went on in court, what was said on the stand by the crooks and how that didn’t match the decisions. I’ll also give you my honest opinion of what happened. And for that, they are going to come for me again. But I’ve got nothing left to lose.

As well as the past I’ll be putting you in the present. Technology has moved in our favour. As well as these regular videos, I’ll be doing live streaming not only from here in the UK but from the steps of the court in Cyprus. I’m going to tell you my story now as it happens all the way to the European Courts if I have to. I’m not going to make the same mistake again and go quiet, Cyprus is already abusing us at appeal, for legal aid, translation, transcripts and of course it’s well overdue now, so enough is enough.

Now, although I’ve been quiet, I’ve been listening, watching and sharpening my tools online, and there are crooks in Cyprus today preying on foreigners, I know who they are, and I’ll be exposing them here too. So, if you’re an expat over there, there are episodes of Beyond Contempt you just don’t want to miss.

Ok I’m going to leave it there for day 1 but before I go, history of my 13-year plight tells me I need to say this. Some good people in Cyprus are going to get triggered by what I’ve got to say here, thinking that by holding up a mirror to Cyprus that I’m attacking them and their country, but to those good people I say this.

We don’t deserve this; we bought in the Republic of Cyprus because we loved your country and the people we met. We didn’t buy in the occupied north; we’re not your enemy, and we never were, we loved your country, and this is how we’ve been treated. Buying property in Cyprus has ruined my life and that of many of my friends, others have died. But we bought within the EU; we bought because we’re both Commonwealth countries and we’re entitled to equality under the law. The same equality afforded to the 70,000 Cypriot born citizens residing here in the UK, with now over 300,000 here of Cypriot descent. We just want equal treatment under the law so it will stop the bad apples ruining your countries reputation.

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