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02 April 2010
The Orams are refused leave to Appeal to the UK's Supreme Court in the Apostolides v Orams case
Lobby for Cyprus welcomes the UK Supreme Court's decision to reject the Orams' petition for leave to appeal the January 2010 decision which found entirely in favour of Mr Apostolides' property rights in Turkish occupied Cyprus.

Lobby for Cyprus welcomes the UK Supreme Court's decision to reject the Orams' petition for leave to appeal the Court of Appeal's January 2010 decision which found entirely in favour of Mr Apostolides' property rights in Turkish occupied Cyprus. 

It is now the end of the road for the Orams who must immediately vacate Mr Apostolides' home which they have illegally occupied since 2003, demolish the house they illegally built there and pay him rent and compensation for loss of use plus significant legal costs.

The Court of Appeal's January decision held that Mr Apostolides is fully entitled to enforce a Republic of Cyprus judgement against the Orams in the UK in respect of their illegal trespass and use of his land in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus. 
This case reinforces the position that the Greek Cypriot refugees remain the only legitimate owners of over 82 per cent of the land illegally occupied by Turkey in Cyprus. It also reiterated the UK government's obligations under EU and international law to the Republic of Cyprus and its citizens.

This development also means that the recent decision of the ECHR in the Demopoulos case in relation to Turkey's 'property commission' has absolutely no affect on the Apostolides case or the principles it espouses.

Lobby for Cyprus believes that the Supreme Court's decision has sent another warning to all those who may be thinking of buying Greek Cypriot property in occupied Cyprus. It also reinforces the demands of the Greek Cypriot refugees that any settlement of the property issue in occupied Cyprus must allow the illegally displaced refugees to return to their ancestral homes without any impediment whatsoever and with cast iron guarantees for their safety and security.