Catching criminals in Cyprus

Zygos Board Uk Aug2014

So far three fugitives have been arrested from those who featured as part of Crimestoppers' Operation Zygos campaign launched in April 2014 - Richard Ardolino, Jeffrey Bloor and Martin Evans.

Originally launched in 2012, three of the original nine people sought were arrested.

Operation Zygos is a joint initiative between the National Crime Agency and Crimestoppers which appeals to the public for information on wanted individuals believed to be hiding in Cyprus. The nine individuals wanted are:

Osman Aydeniz

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AydenizDOB: 26/08/78

Nationality: Cypriot

Last resident in: London

Description: White male

EAW issued: 09/07/13

Wanted by: National Crime Agency

Accusatory/Conviction: Accusatory

Offences: Conspiracy to supply class A drugs; conspiracy to commit theft; money laundering

Aydeniz is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply 17.83 kg of diamorphine. Three others have already been convicted in connection with this offence. He is also wanted for conspiracy to commit theft and transferring criminal property.

Ersin Mustafa

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MustafaDOB: 30/12/75

Nationality: British

Alias: Ersin Kahraman

Place of birth: London

Description: Approximately 5ft 6ins tall; dark hair; Mediterranean appearance; stocky/muscular build

EAW issued: 19/06/13

Wanted by: City of London Police and Financial Conduct Authority

Accusatory/Conviction: Accusatory

Offences: Eight counts of insider dealing

Between 2006 to 2008, Mustafa is believed to have been involved in insider dealing with seven other individuals. While employed at the London branch of investment bank JP Morgan Cazenove, he allegedly obtained information about future acquisitions and mergers, which were provided to others who then traded using this information. Over a two-year period, the group made approximately £2.5 million in criminal profits. In July 2008 Mustafa was arrested by the City of London Police and then released on bail. It is believed he fled the UK around December 2009.

Ozgur Demir

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DemirDOB: 06/02/75

Nationality: Turkish

Last resident in: London

Description: White male

EAW issued: 09/07/2013

Wanted by: National Crime Agency

Accusatory/Conviction: Accusatory

Offences: Conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Demir is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply 17.83 kg of diamorphine. Three others have already been convicted in connection with this offence.

Christakis Philippou

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PhilippouDOB: 05/11/43

Nationality: British

Alias: Christakis Chrysostomou

Description: 1.69m tall; proportionate build, swept back receding dark/graying hair, bushy eyebrows

EAW issued:18/3/14

Wanted by: London Metropolitan Police

Accusatory/Conviction: Conviction

Offences: Conspiracy to defraud

Between 2004 and 2006, Philippou was involved in conspiracies where he and his co-defendants repeatedly set out to acquire, or sometimes to set up from scratch, travel agency businesses which were used as vehicles for fraud. The travel agencies attracted customers by offering cut-price holidays. The prices were so low that legitimate companies could not compete with them. In each case, the travel agency ceased to trade, leaving customers without a holiday. This scam defrauded an estimated 20,000 people.

Timur MEHMET

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Timur MehmetDOB: 13-04-1973

Nationality: British

Place of birth: London

Wanted by: HMRC


EAW issued: 02-11-11

Accusatory/Conviction: Conviction

Description: 5 ft 10 to 6 ft, slim build, black hair, Asian origin

Offences: Conspiracy to cheat the public revenue

Mehmet is wanted for his role in a conspiracy to cheat the public revenue by operating a Missing Trader Intra-community (MTIC) fraud. This caused a loss to the UK of £25 million (€31.5million).

Mehmet appeared in court in June 2007 and was told that failure to return for his trial in October 2007 could result in him being tried and sentenced in his absence. He failed to attend and was subsequently found guilty. He was sentenced to eight years.

Costas SAMPSON

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Costas SampsonDob: 15-02-1991

Nationality: Cypriot

Alias: Kostas

Wanted by: Metropolitan Police

EAW issued: 12-09-12

Last resident in: London

Accusation/Conviction: Conviction

Description: 5 ft 9, large build, mediterranean complexion, brown eyes, black cropped/shaved hair, right handed.

Offences: Rape, theft, voyeurism

On 25/8/12 Sampson was convicted of raping a girl he met at a nightclub in London in February 2010. The girl was taken unwell after accepting a drink from a stranger, and Sampson and a friend offered to take her home. Sampson told one of the girl’s friends that he was a medical expert. He later raped the girl at her flat while she was incapacitated. Sampson was also convicted of stealing her mobile phone, plus her flatmate’s laptop and games console.

Mehmet SALIH

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Mehmet SalihDob: 10-06-1971

Nationality: Cypriot

Alias: Aynur Mehmet Salih

Wanted by: Leicestershire Police

EAW issued: 13-04-14

Accusatory/Conviction: Accusatory

Description: 5 ft 6", proportionate build, brown eyes, short dark brown hair, right handed, scar on right eye

Offences: Conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Between December 2010 and November 2011 Salih is accused of being involved in a conspiracy to supply cocaine. It is believed he was contacted on a regular basis by an associate for the purposes of buying cocaine, delivering it and collecting payments.

In May 2011 Salih allegedly visited Lincolnshire to deliver a quantity of cocaine that was subsequently recovered by the police. He was arrested and was in possession of £20,000 (€25,000). Salih was released on bail to appear at a police station later in the year but failed to attend.

Hasan AKARCAY

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Hasan AkarcayDob: 18-07-1956

Nationality: Cypriot

Alias details: Hassan ETEM/brahim ETEM

Wanted by: West Yorkshire Police

EAW issued: 19-01-09

Accusatory/Conviction: Accusatory

Description: 5ft 9, stocky build with a large stomach, balding with black hair at the sides, tanned skin.

Offences: Conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Akarcay is wanted in connection with the supply of class A drugs after an associate was found transporting 12.5 kilos of diamorphine, with a street value of £600,000 (€758,000), from London to Bradford.

Martin EVANS

Update 03.08.14: ARRESTED AUGUST 2014.

If you wish to pass on information about any of the above suspects, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or 8000 55 11 from Cyprus. Alternatively, fill out our Anonymous Online Form.

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