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State sues O’Dwyer for web site

Police add new twist to property dispute in a case that could raise significant issues concerning the freedom of speech on-line in Cyprus.

CONOR O’DWYER will move into a self-constructed ‘cardboard villa’ outside the presidential palace in an attempt to highlight a state criminal case being brought against him for publishing his story on the internet.

It is the latest twist to the on-going saga which last week saw a developer from Paralimni, his son and an associate convicted of the assault and actual bodily harm of the British man in a dispute over property.

The state action against O’Dwyer was filed by the Paralimni Police Chief in connection with O’Dwyer uploading material, including phone calls and emails relating to his property dispute, to the internet in 2006. O’Dwyer says he built his website to prevent and detect a crime, whilst highlighting his plight during his dispute with Karayiannas Developers.

It has been confirmed that the state will proceed with the extraordinary action, case 793/2010, which could raise significant issues concerning freedom of speech on-line in Cyprus.

O’Dwyer is set to appear in court in late November in relation to the case.

State sues O'Dwyer for web site - Cyprus Mail

Editor’s Comments

Article 19 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus provides the right to freedom of speech and expression in any form. This right includes freedom to hold opinions and receive and impart information and ideas without interference by any public authority and regardless of frontiers.

The World Press Freedom Index 2010 places Cyprus 45th in its record (the occupied areas of the island are placed 61st).

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  • Greg Gregory says:

    What next? Cyprus Property News website and Nigel being hauled before the courts? Call me a self hating Greek Cypriot. I don’t care. I have always found their attitude stinks.

    To me they are the devil incarnate and as the saying goes, if you want to dance with the devil, expect to be pricked by the horn.

  • Costa Costas says:

    No comment!
    Can’t comment!!
    What a joke!!!
    OOOooops a comment!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marie says:

    Fran get a life!! Ask yourselves why did Conor O’Dwyer go to the house in question with video cameras and back up cars where were these friends when he was being attacked.

    Also how long did it take for the police to get to the scene FACT MINUTES they were already on route as the house occupant had called to have Conor removed.

  • dimitri says:

    Problem with all this is that until I discovered this website I was clueless about all the scams, alas for Mr. O’Dwyer none of the mass media here dedicate any time to his cause, not seen it mentioned once on the news….

  • Julie says:

    So glad I’m not living in a Karayiannas house without title deeds, and I so nearly was! I bet they’ve mortgaged those properties to the hilt!

  • Andrew says:

    Another day at the office for you Connor? You are an inspiration and a guiding light. Don`t let them grind you down. We all should share the torment and anguish that you are made to bear.

    Then Pilate gave Jesus to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led him away. Carrying the cross by himself.

    And so history repeats itself.

    Good pious people of Cyprus show your compassion. End this suffering.

  • from Austria says:

    shrewdness – ignorance – criminal energie- no legal security – what else ???

  • Pete says:

    All Conor is doing is fighting a loosing battle and wasting time and money at the same time, doesn’t matter whether he is right or wrong he won’t win against a Cypriot , they have one rule for themselves and another for outsiders .

  • Fran says:

    Petty petty petty, how low can Cyprus law get ? Cyprus law also states that dog owners should display a sign “beware of the dogs” The unlawful occupants of Conor’s house have two dogs…….but no sign, quickly call the police.

  • Peter says:

    The State would be better directed to finding out why the case of GBH was reduced to ABH?

    To establishing why there was such a delay in the case being heard by the Courts under Article 6 of the Human Rights?

    As for the Right to Free Speech or the claim that it was in the public interest for the material to be published, that is a civil matter and nothing to do with the State or the Attorney General.

    Slander or Libellous remarks are a civil matter and should not be the subject of a criminal charge or even a police investigation.

    As for the Freedom of Speech that is a right held under the Human Rights – expression Article 10 provides the right to freedom of expression, subject to certain restrictions that are “in accordance with law” and “necessary in a democratic society”. This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas”.

    Cyprus you are a signatory to the Human Rights Act, and you are in danger of becoming a laughing stock.

    The “Conor O’Dwyer” case is well known abroad, particularly in the UK, and you are just fanning the flames of your own destruction.

    Again I say to anyone considering buying a house in Cyprus, look at this case as an example. “It could be you next time”.

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