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Family of Missing Greek Cypriot Takes Turkey to ECHR
2008-05-08 08:24:26

Nicosia, May 6 - The family of a Greek Cypriot, missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion and recently confirmed dead, has taken legal action against Turkey at the European Court of Human Rights.

The wife and children of Stelios Savvides Charalambous, whose remains have been exhumed and identified in 2006, demand that Turkey is condemned by the Court for violation of Charalambous’ human rights.

This is the second such application against Ankara, filed by the family of a Greek Cypriot who was included in the long list of persons missing since the invasion. The first case was filed by Demetris Koutras’ family in 2007. Koutras was shot dead and found with two bullets in the head.

According to a press release, issued by the law office of Chris Triantafyllides who is dealing with the case, “the action has been taken after the results of a DNA test and the post mortem showed that Charalambous was shot dead in the head having been tortured.”

He was among other missing persons whose identity was established by the DNA method on October 16, 2006. The bodies were found in a mass grave in Galateia village of the Karpass peninsula. A medical certificate on the cause of death says that the body was wounded and there was a bullet hole on the skull.

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