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19 August, 2000
Three Greek Americans have filed an application to the European Court of Human Rights of the Council of Europe against Turkey, alleging human rights violations.
The applicants, who have exhausted domestic remedies on their claims, base their case on a similar case, Loizidou vs. Turkey, on which the Court ruled that Ankara is guilty of violating Loizidou's right to enjoy peacefully her property in Turkish-occupied Cyprus and of denying her access to it and ordered Ankara to pay compensation amounting to 900,000 US dollars.
Dr. Takey Crist, and Eugene and Daniel Rossides filed their complaint after three years of litigation at the US District Court of Columbia which ruled that it lacked the jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to hear the case.
A press release, issued by the office of the lawyers who have undertaken the case, said the applicants are optimistic about the outcome of the case.
"They base their complaints on the Loizidou case, an analogous case, in which the European Court ruled in favor of the owner of the real property located in Turkish-occupied Cyprus," the press release said.
The case is handled by Achilleas Demetriades of Cyprus, who represented Titina Loizidou, Nicholas Karambelas and Andreas Akaras in the US.
The three applicants referred to a resolution the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted in July this year "deeply deploring" the failure of Turkey to comply with the Court ruling and said Turkey is disregarding its international obligations.
Source: Athens News Agency