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ECHR Delivers Final Verdict on Missing Persons Case Against Turkey
2009-09-21 10:43:16

Nicosia, Sep 18 – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has delivered its final judgment in the case of “Varnava and Others V. Turkey,” relating to eighteen Greek Cypriots, nine of whom have been missing persons since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

In its judgment, the Court declared Turkey guilty of “the continuing violation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on account of Turkey’s failure to effectively investigate the fate of the nine men who disappeared in 1974.”

The Court announced that there was a violation of Article 3, noting that the treatment to which the relatives of the missing persons were subjected “could only be categorized as inhuman treatment.”

According to the judgment, there was also “a continuing violation of Article 5 in respect to Eleftherios Thoma and Savvas Hadjipanteli.”

Under Article 41 (Just Satisfaction) of the Convention, the Court awarded the applicants 12,000 euros per application in respect of non-pecuniary damage and 8,000 euros for costs and expenses.

In 1990, nine individual applications against Turkey were submitted before the ECHR concerning the following missing persons: Andreas Varnava, Andreas Loizides, Philippos Constantinou, Demetris Theocharides, Panicos Charalambous, Eleftherios Thoma, Savvas Hadjipantelis (his remains have been identified), Savvas Apostolides and Leondis Demetriou Sarmas.

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