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January 22, 2010

Britons forced to demolish Northern Cyprus home

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by Gill Montia

Britons forced to demolish Northern Cyprus home

A ruling by the British Court of Appeal in the case of Apostolides vs Orams could have far reaching implications for Britons owning property in Northern Cyprus.

The case involves Meletis Apostolides, a Greek Cypriot, who claimed that David and Linda Orams of the UK had built a holiday home on land belonging to him at Lapithos.

The village is in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus which was Greek land, prior to Turkish occupation in 1974.

Earlier in the proceedings, a south Nicosian court in the Greek Republic of Cyprus had ordered the Orams to demolish the property, return the land to Mr Apostolides and pay him compensation.

The judgment was then registered with the British High Court in London, under EU regulations.

This week’s ruling against the Orams means that other Britons who have invested in property in Northern Cyprus could be ordered to hand it over to Greek Cypriots who were dispossessed by the Turkish invasion.

According to reports, around 5,000 Britons could be affected.


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