CYPRIOTS SUE TURKISH REPUBLIC OF
NORTHERN CYPRUS IN AMERICAN COURTS
Tsimpedes speaks about lawsuit to Canadians
Cypriots are suing the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”
in the United States for the deprivation of their property after the
Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974.
Tsimpedes, an American lawyer of Greek descent based in Washington, D.C.,
started the lawsuit last year.
Tsimpedes was in Toronto last week at the invitation of the Canadian
Justice for Cyprus Committee (PSEKA Canada) and the Pan-Macedonian
Association of Ontario and explained the ramifications of the lawsuit to
attendees at the Macedonian Cultural Centre in Toronto.
One of the
plaintiffs in the action is an American resident of Cypriot descent and
the other two live in Cyprus but because this is a class action, they are
suing on behalf of everyone similarly affected by the invasion and
occupation., explained Mr. Tsimpedes.
defendant is the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC),
the pseudo state set up in the occupied territory. Tsimpedes pulls no
punches in his description of the TRNC. In court documents, he refers to
the TRNC in its continuous interference and use of other people’s
property as “more closely associated with an illegal criminal syndicate
than that of a government.”
defendant in the action is HSBC Bank and Mr. Tsimpedes accuses it of
helping TNRC launder money illegally obtained from the property of the
purports to have an “embassy” in Washington D.C. even though the
pseudo state has not been recognized by the U.S.A. or any other country in
the world for that matter, except Turkey. What is worse, both Turkey and
the TRNC maintain their occupation of northern Cyprus with American
weapons, according to Mr. Tsimpedes. American law prohibits the use of
American weapons for offensive purposes but that is precisely what Turkey
did in 1974 when it invaded northern Cyprus.
concerned that by suing the TRNC, Mr. Tsimpedes was giving it implicit or
explicit recognition, he emphasized that the lawsuit was doing no such
thing. He is simply suing it for the damages suffered by the plaintiffs.
Mr. Tsimpedes emphasized recognition can only come by way of the
executive branch of the United States Government and not through the
courts as it involves foreign relations.
have lost property may join the class action by paying an administrative
fee of $300.00 US if they have up to three deeds to property and $600.00
US if they have more than three deeds. The law firm is taking the action
on a contingency fee basis which means that the lawyers will be paid,
aside from the administrative fee, only if they are successful. The law
firm will charge 25% of the gross amount recovered.
Asked how he
intends to collect on any judgment, Mr. Tsimpedes explained that HSBC is
the TRNC’s bank and he can seize the pseudo state’s accounts very
interested in more information or in joining the class action may get in
touch with Tsimpedes Law Firm at www.tsimpedeslaw.com