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Media Watch 2005

20 April 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: George Psyllides
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 20 April 2005.
Refugees file for European arrest warrant against British estate agent
" The petition concerns 42-year-old Mark Unwin of Guildford, Surrey, who started Unwin Estates along with his wife Hayran in December 1999... Refugee Christos Mazios said he visited his orchard in Ayios Epiktitos near Kyrenia three weeks ago and found out that Unwin estate agents were working on a project on his property.... “You feel bad when a foreigner comes and builds on your property without you giving permission,”... could not understand how a British citizen could come to Cyprus and violate Greek Cypriot properties... "

A GREEK Cypriot refugee couple yesterday filed for a European arrest warrant against a British real estate agent who was building on their property in the occupied north.

The couple were the first to request a European arrest warrant under a law amended in March, which increased penalties for illegal possession and use of immovable property and paved the way for arrest warrants to be issued for European citizens holding Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied north.

The petition concerns 42-year-old Mark Unwin of Guildford, Surrey, who started Unwin Estates along with his wife Hayran in December 1999.

Refugee Christos Mazios said he visited his orchard in Ayios Epiktitos near Kyrenia three weeks ago and found out that Unwin estate agents were working on a project on his property.

“We found this man’s details; he’s in the company together with his wife.

“They are British, and the decided, they said, to come to Cyprus and set up a business,” Mazios said.

“You feel bad when a foreigner comes and builds on your property without you giving permission,” his wife Despina said.

The couple’s lawyer, Christodoulos Taramountas, said his client was asking for a European arrest warrant against the estate agent.

“All his details are posted on a website where he advertises and promotes the illegal sale of many other properties, apart from Mr Mazio’s,” Taramountas said.

He said he understood the problem with Turkish Cypriots, but could not understand how a British citizen could come to Cyprus and violate Greek Cypriot properties.

“I cannot understand the posting on his website, where he says that one day he decided to leave England and come and start a business in northern Cyprus,” Taramountas said.
He said it was now up to the police to ask for a European arrest warrant and put him on a list so that if he crossed into the government-controlled areas he would be arrested.
According to the company website, there are four other Britons working for Unwin, branch manager Peter Harrell, senior negotiators Phil Shearston and Gerald Smith and negotiator Chris Ritchie.

“Unwin Estate Agents was the brain child of Hayran and Mark Unwin, a professional couple, who after many years of enjoying the charms of Northern Cyprus, decided it was about time others could share in their delight.

“So together with their extensive personal experience in the real estate industry and their love of the island the company was started,” the website said."