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ECHR awards damages to Greek Cypriot refugee
2006-12-14 12:19:25

Nicosia, Dec 7 -- The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has unanimously awarded a Greek Cypriot refugee 800,000 euros in respect of pecuniary damage for being prevented from living in her home and having access to, using and enjoying her property in the Turkish-occupied eastern town of Famagusta.

The Court also awarded Mrs. Myra Xenides-Arestis 50,000 euros in respect of non-pecuniary damage and 35,000 euros for costs and expenses.

In its judgment in the case Xenides-Arestis v. Turkey (application no. 46347/99), the ECHR says ''the case concerns a Cypriot national who has been prevented from living in her home and having access to, using and enjoying her property since August 1974 following the conduct of military operations in northern Cyprus by Turkey in July and August 1974.''

The Xenides-Arestis application was lodged with the ECHR on 4 November 1998. A hearing on admissibility took place on 2 September 2004 and the application was declared admissible on 14 March 2005.

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