With a historic decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has obligated Turkey to pay a five-million euros compensation to two Greek citizens for material damage.
The court ordered Turkey to pay the applicants, Ioannis Fokas and Evangelos Fokas, Katerini residents in Greece, 5,000,000 euros in pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages jointly and 15,000 euros in costs and expenses, jointly.
As Hurriyet daily also reported, the case concerned the applicants’ inability as Greek citizens to inherit their sister’s property in Turkey on the grounds of their Greek nationality as well as the principle of reciprocity between Greece and Turkey.
In its principal judgement of Sept. 29, 2009, the ECHR stressed that there had been a violation of Article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which concerns protection of property. Today’s judgement concerned the question of mere satisfaction.
The applicants claimed a total of around 25 million euros in pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages.