ECHR Judges IPC Ineffective in Ioannou Claim

A European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgment has deemed the functioning of the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) in the TRNC, in the case of Andriani Ioannou, as “protracted and ineffective”.

British and Greek Cypriot Andriani Ioannou filed a claim for compensation of £1.8 million with the IPC in May 2008 for 18 donums of land in the village of Kumyalı (Koma Tou Yialou) gifted to her by her aunt in 1997.

After a protracted delay, she applied to the ECHR in October 2014. The court held in December 2017 that Turkey should pay the applicant €7,000 in respect of non-pecuniary damage and €6,325 in respect of costs and expenses, within three months from the date on which the judgment becomes final.

In view of the above considerations, the Court found that, in the this case, the IPC did not act with coherence, diligence and appropriate expedition concerning the applicant’s compensation claim as required under Article 1 of Protocol No. 1.

This is the first time since the Demopoulos case in 2010 where it was held the IPC was an effective remedy in principle, – that the ECHR condemned Turkey for the committee’s ineffectiveness.

The ruling became final after Turkey failed to lodge an appeal against the Court ruling.

Cyprus Mail

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