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Media Watch 2003

09 August 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 10 September 2003 written by a Staff Reporter.
Did European Court judges stay at the Dome Hotel?

FOUR judges of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) stayed in a Greek Cypriot owned hotel in occupied Kyrenia last June, according to yestreday’s Politis.

The paper described the action as a stab in the back for the Republic of Cyprus, given that not only did the four judges fly to the occupied north on Cyprus Turkish Airlines via Ankara, but they also stayed in the Dome Hotel, owned by a Greek Cypriot family in occupied Kyrenia.

According to the report, the four judges, Françoise Tulkens (from Belgium), Peer Lorenzen (Denmark), Nina Vajic (Croatia) and Riza Turmen (Turkey), arrived in Kyrenia via Ankara on June 23 and stayed overnight to take statements for an investigation into the case of murdered journalist, Kutlu Antali.

The paper said the visit and stay raises serious questions for Cyprus’ efforts to fight a legal battle against Turkey over the legality of recourse to Rauf Denktash’s ‘Compensation Commission’ set up in the north. Turkey is expected to sit before the European Court on September 30 to give its case, followed by Cyprus six weeks later.
The outcome of the hearing will have huge consequences on applications against Turkey by Greek Cypriot refugees, following the landmark Titina Loizidou case.
According to Politis, the Greek Cypriot hotel owners have the right to sue the ECHR in a civil lawsuit, adding a whole new dimension to the current climate."