This week in history
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