Last week in the Greek part of Cyprus joined the new law , according to that all foreigners to purchase property in Northern Cyprus previously owned by Greek Cypriots , could face up to seven years in prison.
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At the same time it became clear that at the customs point between the Greek and Turkish part of Cyprus, was detained a Russian couple, are accused of acquiring home in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The Minister of Justice and Public order of Greek Cyprus Sofoklis Sofocleous said that the Russians judge are already under the new law. As the Cihan News Agency, a married couple arrested on suspicion of fraud in real estate. According to police, Russian woman and a wife-husband-Lett, whose names were not disclosed, during the arrest presented passports of the Russian Federation. Also, both have citizenship The European Union. They were taken to the capital Nicosia, where they are charged the illegal construction of houses on the land of Greek Cypriots. According to the documents found during the search, the defendants paid for the land? 70 thousand reported Cyprus Mail, a couple was taken into custody for further proceedings. That it threatens them - a fine, confiscation or imprisonment, not yet clear. According to foreign press, the new law on criminal liability for the purchase of land in the northern part of Cyprus - another way to fight the Greek Authorities in the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Severnoo Cyprus (TRNC). In his Sofocleous statement stressed that the criminal responsibility of the authorities will attract and Turkish Cypriots living on land owned by Greeks. Cyprus has been divided by barbed wire on the Turkish and Greek part in 1974, when the invasion of Turkish troops was formed TRNC. The Republic is not marked on any map of the world and not recognized by any state, except Turkey, which, however, does not interfere with its authority to register marriages, births, deaths, and to enter into sales transactions. Sell North Cyprus property is mainly Greek Cypriots, who prior to the occupation owned 80% of the land. "The acquisition of land and homes in northern Cyprus - a big temptation - told the company that sells houses in the north. - Property prices are at least 3-4 times lower than in Southern Cyprus. " However, at this time, most real estate agents North Cyprus generally not involved, since these transactions are recognized illegal. "The question of the territorial jurisdiction of land is still not resolved at the political level, so there acquire the land is fraught with great trouble, - said manager real estate company. - It is unlikely that the detained Russians do not knew that breaking the law: such a deal is not blind. " Indeed, Greek authorities of the island for several years now claim that the exhibited to sell ownership of their respective owners and can at any time be otsuzheny back. The first precedent bought back in the TRNC housing occurred in the 2004, when North Cyprus has opened visa-free regime for Greek Cypriots. Learning the names and addresses of new homeowners (85% of them - the British), former the owners are foreigners to sue to recover the abandoned 30 years ago property. "Russian Foreign Ministry, as well as authorities from other countries, has long received a warning about the dangers of such deals - told the Cyprus Embassy in Gazete.Ru in Moscow. - As we know, the ministry has repeatedly warned of its citizens that any documents issued by authorities TRNC invalid in the Russian Federation. " However, the situation of the arrested couple - this is the first case of formal charges of Russian citizens to acquire illegal Property in Cyprus. Earlier complaints by Greek Cypriots in the Russians have been reported. In the Moscow Embassy of Cyprus that explain the "private nature of transactions." .
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