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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

EU must obey Nicosia's rulings, even in north Cyprus, EU court says

(Earth Times) - Luxembourg - European Union member states must enforce rulings by courts in the Greek half of Cyprus even if they cover property in the Turkish-controlled north of the island, the EU's highest court ruled on Tuesday. "A judgment of a court in the Republic of Cyprus must be recognized and enforced by the other (EU) member states even if it concerns land situated in the north of the island," the European Court of Justice said in a statement. The ruling comes in a complex legal dispute pitting a British couple, David and Linda Orams, against a Greek Cypriot, Meletis Apostolides, whose family was forced to leave Northern Cyprus during the Turkish invasion of 1974. Apostolides sued the Orams for buying his family's land from an unnamed third party and building a holiday home on it, demanding that they give him the land back and pay him rent. A Cypriot court backed Apostolides' claim, ordering the Orams to leave the land and pay him damages and costs. Apostolides then took that ruling to Britain, demanding that the British courts enforce it. Tuesday's precedent-setting ruling means that the British courts will have to accept Apostolides' demand, even though there is no way for the Cypriot court to enforce its judgment on the divided island. "The fact that the land concerned is situated in an area over which the government does not exercise effective control ... does not preclude the recognition and enforcement of those judgments in another member state," the court statement said.


Anonymous said...

This is a slap at the face of Mrs Blair (alias Mrs. Booth) who won the case in the British courts, then represented the Orams before the Court in Luxembourg and ... lost!!!

See (Ms Cherie Booth, also known as Blair, represented the Orams.) and compare ith (Mr and Mrs Orams, by C. Booth QC, N. Green QC, and A. Ward and B. Bhalla, Barristers,)

KKTC said...

You GCs created this mess. TRNC is Turkish land and you are not welcomed, how is that for a slap? Nobody is going to knock down that house, come and try it.

Mixalis said...

KKTC, your ignorance does not surprise or shock anyone. "Turkish land" as you call it is not correct at all - it is an illegal occupation of Greek Cypriot land and, furthermore, the fact that the currency is not recognised anywhere else in the world speaks volumes. Its a shame that the rest of the world is only now starting to realise that there isnt even a term for "Human Rights" in Turkish or Turkey, let alone having the common sense to implement any form of Human Rights - neither in Turkey or in the beautiful Island which the Turks chose to ruin. Justice will come one day and the Island will be given back to the people of Cyprus - and, thankfully taken away from ignorant, uneducated, and quite frankly pathetic fools like yourself.