I have come to the T RNC after being charged with a criminal offence in another jurisdiction. What is my legal position?
The TRNC is not recognized as a country except by Turkey, and so we are not signatories to the Hague Convention, extradition treaties etc. The UK authorities, for example, have no authority to demand the return of an individual from North Cyprus to the UK. However, in the case of more serious offences, Interpol may have authority to arrest a person in the TRNC, and even for minor offences there is a chance that your personal circumstances would be substantially restricted due to an inability to cross back over the European border. We strongly advise that you seek legal advice, which we can provide along with our UK associated firm Hugh Jones LLP who can represent you in the UK.