By George Stephens •
Published: 08 May 2020 • 10:53
CARDIFF millionaire businessman, Annis Abraham JR, a property developer and author and former night club owner, took residence in Spain’s Mallorca a couple of years ago, whilst still travelling back to Cardiff to operate his businesses, watch his beloved Cardiff City and visit his eldest daughter Annaise who is studying for a law degree in Bristol University.
Although his travelling back and forth to Cardiff got suspended when Spain’s governed Mallorca ordered a hard lockdown on the island- that has lasted eight weeks under a far tougher regime than that seen on the streets of Cardiff.
After being cooped up until last week, behind closed doors, when the family were allowed out for a few hours a day, early in the morning and evening, following very strict guidelines to a carefully laid out timetable, Abraham took to social media to express his delight that more relaxation laws are to follow next week.
Although the businessman and his family in Mallorca, wife Joanne and daughters Alexandra, 14 and Tilly, nine have another plight as they have not seen their other daughter /sister for over eight weeks, despite attempts with both the Spanish and British Embassies to get her home to the family.
Annaise 19, the eldest daughter of the close knit family, is currently studying hard at Bristol University which was the last University to close down in the UK, despite her father’s advice to return to Mallorca before conditions got worse, the dedicated student didn’t wish to miss out on lectures. Flights were then suspended to Mallorca and thus just afterwards the University closed down too, leaving Annaise stranded from her family.
Joanne explained to the Euro Weekly News the dilemma:
“Annis and I wanted Annaise to come home but she’s so dedicated to her degree, she didn’t want to miss out, she remained as the University remained open, as the University closed, right at the same time, the Spanish government put into law that only residents of Mallorca could fly back and repatriate, whilst the four of us are residents holding residency Annaise doesn’t as she is not resident here as she’s mainly based in the UK for her University studies and for that reason she fell foul of the regulations, we appealed to the Embassies, who were very kind and helpful, but due to the tight regulations couldn’t do anything about it. Myself and the girls haven’t seen her now since Christmas, although Annis has due to his business trips back to the UK before the lockdown started, we have been so worried, although she has gone to stay with a friend of ours Rob, who’s been fantastic looking out for her and giving her somewhere to stay.”
Father Annis said “Yes it’s been very stressful but I think Spain got it so right with the lockdown, you only have to look at the difference of the figures between Spain and the UK deaths, I think that says it all really, I can’t wait though to get Annaise home to her family as soon as legally possible.”
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