European Court delivers judgement in Guzelyurtlu case

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) delivers today its final judgement in the Guzelyurtlu case, after holding initially both Nicosia and Ankara responsible for not cooperating to solve the murder case.

On September 18, 2017, the Court accepted the requests of the governments of Cyprus and Turkey that the case be referred to the Grand Chamber. Grand Chamber judgments are final.

In January 2005 Elmas Guzelyurtlu, his wife Zerrin, and their daughter Eylul were shot dead on the Nicosia-Larnaca highway and after the incident, their killers fled back to the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus.

In its Chamber judgement of April 4, 2017, the Court stated that Cyprus and Turkey were obliged to cooperate effectively to facilitate an effective investigation, however neither government had been prepared to compromise and find middle ground.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency