THE CYPRUS Property Action Group (CPAG) has decided to close down its existing website following a court order issued three weeks ago at the request of Leptos Estates.
The writ was moved on March 31 against Denis O’Hare, the CPAG representative who owns the current website, by Armonia Estates Ltd and Pantelis Leptos. The company is part of the Leptos Group and operates under the brand name Leptos Estates, while Pantelis Leptos is Vice-chairman of Leptos Group and Marketing Director of Leptos Estates. In the writ seen by the Sunday Mail, the plaintiffs claimed damages for libel in relation to a particular page on CPAG’s website entitled “Leptos Buyers Action Group Demonstration”.
A guarantee in the amount of €35,000 was lodged with the court in this respect.
The plaintiffs also asked the court to instruct O’Hare to cease publicising the content of the webpage in question and any similar content in any form. Finally, they asked the court to forbid “the respondent” (O’Hare) from repeating in any way the alleged slander contained in the webpage or any similar content.
In its ruling on March 31, the court ordered compliance with the second request.
On the third point, the court forbade “the respondent personally or his agents or representatives from publishing, printing, circulating or in any other way repeating or causing the publication, printing, circulation or in any other way repetition of the assertions which refer to the plaintiffs…and any other similar assertions (that are) libellous of the plaintiffs.” The endorsement of the court order by the judge states: “If you the respondent Denis O’Hare of Peyia and/or your agents or your representatives fail to obey this order immediately, then you are liable to arrest and your property to confiscation.”
In a CPAG update sent out on April 23, the group said: “In this situation it is difficult to imagine how Denis can continue to run CPAG and it is likely that the web- site, which he currently owns and finances, will need to close down, and he and the current CPAG will of necessity cease to be able to assist buyers. This is due to the possibility that any entity in Cyprus could now use the same draconian measures to attack him and CPAG.”
The update added that “some of us others who are involved with CPAG are absolutely incensed“, and so are “looking at setting up a new limited liability company registered outside Cyprus with the ability to raise funding for advertising, etc.
The new strategy envisaged will be far more strident than has been seen previously in supporting the property rights of the buyers who have suffered the pitfalls of buying in Cyprus.”
The Mail understands that the peaceful gathering of the Leptos Buyers Action Group will go ahead as planned in Paphos on May 2.