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Long-delayed demolition of Mackenzie beach venue has started

A police van outside the venue at Mackenzie beach in Larnaca on Thursday

The court-enforced and long-delayed demolition of event venue Ktima Makenzy near Mackenzie beach in Larnaca finally started on Thursday.

Around 8am, employees of the private company undertaking the demolition went to the site and started preparing for the demolition, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

Equipment will be removed from the building to start with, while water and electricity supply will be cut off.

The actual demolition will take several days.

The workers are being accompanied by Larnaca police and members of the police rapid response unit (MMAD).

One of the managers of Ktima Makenzy was arrested on Wednesday around 9pm after he allegedly threatened to use violence against a Larnaca district officer.

He appeared in court on Thursday morning where he was charged and released. The case will be heard in September.

The property which belongs to a Turkish Cypriot had been leased to a Greek Cypriot who constructed an event and conference venue in 2010.

The lawsuit against the state and the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties had been filed by Raymond Riza, the son and heir of Fikret Ali Riza who died in the UK in June 2000.

Fikret Ali Riza owned the land in the parish of Skala and was born in Larnaca on February 2, 1926. He emigrated to London in 1951 where he lived until his death.

The property was registered to his son in August 2005. Raymond was born in 1955 and has lived in London since. Like Raymond, Fikret was also a British passport holder.

Raymond sued the state and the guardian, demanding some €958,000 in damages for loss of use between 1975 and 2012, as well as general damages for violating his right to property.

The property in question had been requisitioned, like all properties left behind by Turkish Cypriots in the aftermath of the Turkish invasion in July 1974.

In a January 21, 2016 decision, the court awarded the plaintiff compensation and also ordered the government to vacate the property and remove any buildings that have been constructed.

A dispute between the rightful owner and the user followed which lasted until the beginning of this year.

In February, the Larnaca district court gave the interior ministry until March 22 to demolish the building.


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