A Scottish mother who says her ex-boyfriend has had their five-year-old daughter banned from leaving Cyprus protested outside the Presidential Palace and the attorney general’s office on Tuesday.
Ayia Napa resident Paula Clifford said someone inside the palace listened to her complaints on Friday but failed to take any action, telling her to go to a police station.
“They talk about corruption, we want them to do something about it,” said Clifford, who was accompanied by her mother Margaret.
The mother-of-two said she is in a state of despair and claims that every time she has turned to the court and police for help they have decided in favour of her former boyfriend – an asylum seeker from Iran.
She said the legal order has placed their daughter Alexa on the ‘stop list’ – meaning she will be turned back at the airport if she tries to leave.
Clifford said that she, Alexa, and older daughter Calli, 9, from a previous relationship, are now effectively trapped on the island.
The judge, she claimed, not only put Alexa on the stop list but also gave here ex-boyfriend visiting rights three times a week and allowed him to have her over at his place every second weekend.
Clifford’s relationship with her ex-partner began in 2009, but went sour in 2013 after she claimed being subjected to domestic violence.
Her plight made the front page of the Scottish Daily Record in March under the banner headline
”Trapped with a Tyrant”.
In her interview with the paper, Clifford claimed local police failed to help her when she asked them to remove her former partner from outside her home last year.
“The scariest thing is that they ignored my emergency calls. I was phoning, crying and begging but nobody came. I made an official complaint,” she said.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been informed about the case by Clifford’s local MP Kirsten Oswald.
British Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan said consular staff are in regular contact with Clifford and continue to offer her assistance.