European court appoints Turkish Cypriot judge

The European Court of Human Rights has approved the appointment of a Turkish Cypriot to serve as an "expert judge" in Strasbourg, despite a Greek Cypriot objection to such an appointment, the Anatolia news agency reported.

European court appoints Turkish Cypriot judge
The European Court of Human Rights has approved the appointment of a Turkish Cypriot to serve as an "expert judge" in Strasbourg, despite a Greek Cypriot objection to such an appointment, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.

Metin Hakkı, head of the Supreme Court of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC), will represent Turkey in 38 cases concerning complaints filed by Greek Cypriot applicants over property rights. The Greek Cypriot side's argument, suggesting that Hakkı would not be impartial as he represents the KKTC jurisdiction, has not been found valid by the European court. Earlier, Hakkı said the claims put forward by the Greek Cypriot side were not legal but political.

Gönül Erönen, another judge from the KKTC Supreme Court, has also been recommended by Turkey to serve in cases filed against Turkey by Greek Cypriot complainants concerning missing persons in Cyprus. The Greek Cypriot administration is objecting to Erönen's appointment as well, presenting similar suggestions made against Hakkı's appointment. However, in the coming days, the court is expected to approve Erönen's appointment, experts believe.


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