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Ecumenical Patriarch Wins Property Case

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) In a historic ruling for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemned Turkey on July 8 over its seizure of the patriarchate’s Prinkipos (Buyukada) orphanage. This was the only piece of property in Turkey in the name of the Patriarchate. With a unanimous verdict – 7 votes out of 7, including the court’s Turkish justice – the supreme court of Strasbourg for human rights has condemned Ankara for improperly occupying an orphanage on the Princes’ Islands of Buyukada, in the Marmara Sea. The verdict grants the appeal by the ecumenical patriarchate, recognising its ownership of the orphanage.