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Media Watch 2005

04 February 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 4 February 2005.
UK 'watching Orams case closely'
"THE BRITISH government is keeping a close watch on the case of a British woman sued for possession the property of a refugee in the occupied north and is advising its citizens to seek independent legal counselling before buying property in the north."

THE BRITISH government is keeping a close watch on the case of a British woman sued for possession the property of a refugee in the occupied north and is advising its citizens to seek independent legal counselling before buying property in the north.

Linda Orams, 58, is fighting to reverse a court decision ordering the demolition of the house she and her husband David, 60, built on the orchard belonging to Meletis Apostolides from Lapithos.

The court also ordered the Orams to pay him around £7,000 in damages.

Replying to a question by Labour MP Andrew Dismore, deputy Foreign Minister Ian MacShane said it would not be fit to comment on the case while the court procedure was ongoing.

He noted that the British government was watching the developments closely and that the Foreign Office was advising those planning to buy property in the Turkish-occupied north of the island to seek independent legal counselling.

The case is of great importance because Cyprus’ EU accession in May last year allowed for court judgments in one member state to be carried out in another.

In this case a British court could move against the Orams’ home in Hove, East Sussex."