By Jean Christou
A Greek Cypriot who is owed over £2m sterling by the Turkish Cypriot Immovable Property Commission (IPC) sequestered, through the courts in the north, the vehicles owned by ‘government ministers’ as part payment, his lawyer said.
According to Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis on Tuesday, the IPC is broke and owes £94m sterling to Greek Cypriot property owners. The commission has paid out some €200m to date but has run out of funding from Turkey, which has been providing all of the cash so far.
Murat Metin Hakki, the lawyer for the unnamed Greek Cypriot, told Havadis that Turkey insists the Turkish Cypriot who was allocated the Greek Cypriot’s property should pay. He said the problems in the commission started when Turkey stopped funding it some time ago.
In the particular case, the IPC had approved the money for the Greek Cypriot refugee but then failed to stump up. Hakki filed suit to confiscate the vehicles of Turkish Cypriot ‘ministers’, and on Monday bailiffs were sent to take the vehicles used by the ‘ministries’ of finance and agriculture.
The car used by the ‘finance minister’ was taken to a field near the Ledra Palace traffic lights, Havadis reported.
“Procedures were launched for sequestering all vehicles with numbers between 004 and 014 and if the problem was not solved within a day or two, more vehicles would be sequestered,” the paper said.
The IPC had approved a payment of £2,150,000 sterling as compensation to the Greek Cypriot for a property of 60 donums, around 1,000 square metres, near the village of Vasileia. Most of the property is located in a Turkish military zone and the remainder is occupied by an individual, Havadis reported.
It said the IPC owes £94 sterling in total to Greek Cypriots but there are cases that have been left unpaid for over 18 months.
A decrease in the number of applications by Greek Cypriots was also observed in the last two years. The number of Greek Cypriot applicants was 2,500 in 2011 and had fallen to only 150 in the first six months of 2015, Havadis said.