This week in his­tory

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in the penin­sula which if al­lowed, they said, could mean “the en­tire coast from Dip­karpaz to Bafra would be up for grabs” by de­vel­op­ers.

This week in 2013, a se­rial rapist who re­peat­edly abused two un­der­age girls in Bri­tain was ar­rested in the TRNC. Fugi­tive Gra­ham Richard Wil­son had been found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of 25 rapes and in­de­cent as­saults against two mi­nors in March the pre­vi­ous year. He was ex­pelled un­der a United Na­tions es­cort from the North to South Cyprus where au­thor­i­ties could en­force a Euro­pean ar­rest war­rant.

This week in 2009, the gov­ern­ment launched a hot­line for peo­ple to in­form on il­le­gal work­ers in the TRNC. The move came as it was re­vealed that checks by teams from the Labour and So­cial Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter had snared 63 peo­ple with­out work per­mits since Septem­ber 17, when an amnesty ran out. Only 1,257 peo­ple took ad­van­tage of the amnesty de­spite gov­ern­ment claims that some 35,000 were liv­ing or work­ing il­le­gally in the coun­try.

This week in 1998, UN Peace­keep­ers had to make “back­door” ar­range­ments at the 11th hour to trans­port nearly 30 peo­ple from the TRNC who wanted to pay Re­mem­brance Sun­day homage at a multi­na­tional mil­i­tary ceme­tery in the buf­fer zone be­tween North and South Cyprus.

On this very day, Novem­ber 10, 1995, the writer and hu­man rights ac­tivist, Ken Saro-Wiwa was ex­e­cuted in Nige­ria de­spite world­wide pleas for clemency. The coun­try’s mil­i­tary rulers or­dered the ex­e­cu­tion of Mr Saro-Wiwa and eight other dis­si­dents.

On Novem­ber 14, 1973, six men and two women were con­victed of ex­plod­ing two IRA car bombs in Lon­don in March that year. All eight were ac­tive mem­bers of the Pro­vi­sional IRA. The eight con­spir­a­tors were jailed for life, and al­most im­me­di­ately be­gan a hunger strike, de­mand­ing to be trans­ferred to pris­ons in Ire­land.

Gra­ham Richard Wil­son was ex­pelled un­der a United Na­tions es­cort from the North to South Cyprus

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