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Government 'purchases' Orams villa for £160,000

THE land and property that was at the heart of a lengthy legal wrangle involving a British couple, its original Greek Cypriot owner and Cherie Blair, the wife of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, has been “bought” by the TRNC government for £160,000, Cyprus Today can exclusively reveal.

Government 'purchases' Orams villa for £160,000

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By KEREM HASAN

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The abandoned luxury villa in Lapta, built by David and Linda Orams on land they purchased in 2002, has been “transferred” to the Finance Ministry’s Public Estates and Supplies Department, this paper has learned.

The site, which also has a swimming pool, will be converted for “social” or “charitable” use, possibly as an orphanage or a home for elderly people, Cyprus Today understands.

Mr and Mrs Orams flew into North Cyprus earlier this year to sign the “necessary paperwork” to “compensate them for their investment”, their lawyer Güneş Menteş confirmed on Thursday.

In 2004 the couple were sued by the original owner of the land, Meletios Apostolides, who demanded that they vacate it.

A South Cyprus court ordered the Orams to demolish the property, an order which was not recognised by the TRNCauthorities.

Mr Apostolides then took his case to the UK in bid to use EU-wide regulations to apply the South Cyprus court ruling against the Orams’ property in Britain.

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