Τρίτη, 8 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Euro court orders Turkey to pay 5 million euros to two Greek citizens in inheritance case

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) today announced its final ruling on a case regarding two Greek citizens who wanted to inherit their sister’s immovable property in Turkey but were denied.

The court ordered Turkey to pay the applicants, Ioannis Fokas and Evangelos Fokas, 5 million euros in pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage jointly, and 15,000 euros in costs and expenses, jointly.

The case concerned the applicants’ inability as Greek citizens to inherit their sister’s immovable property in Turkey on account of their nationality and of the principle of reciprocity between Greece and Turkey.

In its principal judgment of Sept. 29, 2009, the ECHR held that there had been a violation of Article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, protection of property. Today’s judgment concerned the question of just satisfaction.

The case concerned the application of the heirs of Polikseni Foka, who was a Greeknational born in 1943 and was adopted by Apostolos Pistikas and his wife Elisavet Pistika, who were both Turkish nationals of Greek origin, in 1954.

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