ECHR rejects Greek Cypriot’s follow-up claim

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected an application submitted by Greek Cypriot Pavlos Loizidou against Turkey regarding compensation for his family house in Kyrenia.

In September 2011 Loizou filed an application with the north’s Immovable Property Commission (IPC) claiming compensation for three properties in the amount of £4,700,000 and £7,100,000 for the loss of their use.

Later, he withdrew the claims on two commercial plots and pursued his claim regarding the family house.

Loizou accepted an offer from the IPC in April 2015 for £190,000. He received the monies on March 24, 2016.

Subsequently, Loizou complained that the proceedings before the IPC had breached the “reasonable time” requirement, and also complained about the delay in the compensation payment for loss of his rights in regard to his family house.

In its findings, published this month, the ECHR ruled that the length of proceedings had not been unreasonable.

It noted that the proceedings “incorporated a specific settlement procedure which necessitated several adjournments of the proceedings, the production of further documents and the consolidation of the applicant’s position regarding the settlement offer suggested by the ‘TRNC’ authorities.

The court noted: “It follows that in any event this part of the application must be declared inadmissible as being manifestly ill-founded.”

Cyprus Mail

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