The European Court of Human Right (ECHR) has ruled Turkey should pay 14,300,000 Euros in compensation to a Greek-Cypriot woman for violating her property rights. Efrosyni Giannopoulou had appealed to the EHCR on March 17, 2003 based on article 1 of Protocol No.1 (Protection of Property) of the Human Rights Convention, claiming Turkey refused to recognise her inheritance rights of a plot of land in Turkey.
On January 14, 2014 the ECHR ruled the Turkish courts’ refusal to acknowledge Giannopoulou as the legal heir of the land was a violation of the plaintiff’s ‘right for respect of her property’. Giannopoulou passed away in 2009, but her case was continued by Maria Tsiropoulou, who had been appointed the deceased woman’s official legatee.
The ECHR’s final verdict was published Tuesday, May 30, 2016, forcing Turkey to pay Mrs. Tsiropoulou 14,300,000 Euros in damages, 15,000 Euros in moral damages and 10,000 Euros in legal fees.