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Complainant Name:
Mr Argyros Argyrou

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

Mr Argyros Argyrou, member of the Hellenic Electronic Center and Lobby for Cyprus, complained that an article about property in Cyprus would leave readers with a false understanding of the legality of buying and selling in the north. He said that the advertising, promotion, buying, selling and development of property in northern Cyprus were criminal acts which violated the laws of the Republic of Cyprus.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper attached the following letter written by the complainant to the online version of the article:

Since 1974 Turkey has illegally distributed the property belonging to 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees to 160,000 Turkish colonists and developers and is promoting its illegal sale to foreigners.

British investors are warned that property in occupied Cyprus whether Greek or Turkish Cypriot or foreign owned may not be sold and can only be transferred to the next of kin of the pre-Turkish invasion owners. The illegal secessionist entity does not have jurisdiction to perform valid transfers of property ownership.

Under the Penal Code amended on 17.3.2005, the illegal occupation, cultivation, distribution or use of immovable property in the north carries a prison sentence of up to two years or/and a fine of up to £5000.

Cyprus’s Criminal Code, Cap.154 states that any person who, with intent to defraud, deals in immovable property belonging to another is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for up to seven years.

Report: 78



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