Expatriate property buyers frustrated by the inept Cypriot judicial system are to protest at London’s Alexandra Palace on May 18th where the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, will address a gathering of the Cypriot community at 3pm.
Problems suffered by property victims range from the non issuing of Title Deeds, structural faults, illegal building and developers extorting money under the guise of Immovable Property Tax and Property Transfer Fees. Many victims are resident in Cyprus but will be represented at the protest by their offspring who may inherit the problems drawn up by unscrupulous lawyers.
Fronting the protest is Conor O’Dwyer 38 from Surrey who bought a house off plan in Cyprus in 2005 and has since entered in to a lengthy legal battle. O’Dwyer says “Crooked developers and lawyers in Cyprus act with impunity. My developer has kept all my money and managed to sell my house to another family despite my contract being lodged at the Lands Registry. I have been physically assaulted twice by the developers; the last was in January 2008 when I spent six days in hospital. Every month my lawyer chases the authorities for a criminal investigation into the reselling of my house and every month it’s the same. It’s stuck at the local level”.
The Cyprus Consul General’s response
A reporter from the London Daily News spoke with the Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Evangelos Savva in London, who commented on the plight of Conor O’Dwyer:
“this is the first case we have ever heard of physical violence being used. I underline and categorically state the majority of cases have never had problems in buying properties in Cyprus. The rule of law is respected and we are a law abiding nation. We condemn any actions involving violence and await the decision of the Attorney General in Cyprus on this matter.”
The Cyprus Mail Report
Saturday’s Cyprus Mail also contained an article about Conor’s planned protest in London.
Thos wishing to join the protest should contact Conor via his website at www.lyingbuilder.com