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Papacostas family suing state for €500,000 over late minister’s death

The family of late former Defence Minister Costas Papacostas are suing the Republic of Cyprus for €500,000 in compensation, claiming the state was responsible for his death.

The family is anticipated to file the suit on Thursday, Phileleftheros reported on Wednesday.

On the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Freedoms of the European Union, the family also considers that the human rights of the deceased former minister were violated.

In particular, the family considers that his “right to life” was violated and that he suffered “inhuman and degrading treatment”.

The former minister was not permitted to leave hospital in spite of his deteriorating health or, before his illness worsened, permitted to exercise enough, his family has complained.

Papacostas died on September 21, 2015 while serving a five-year prison sentence on charges of manslaughter for his part in the devastating Mari disaster. He was 76-years-old and had been suffering illness for some time and had been transferred from the Central Prisons to Nicosia General Hospital due to his deteriorating health.

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Papacostas had always maintained that he had been the scapegoat following the tragedy.

Cyprus’ worst ever peacetime military accident – the explosion at Evangelos Florakis Naval Base near Zygi and Mari that left 13 dead and some 60 injured.

The July 11, 2011 blast and resulting fire was caused when 98 containers of explosives that had been stored for over two years in the baking sun on the Base, self-detonated.

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  1. I would suggest they do the same against Christofias the person responsible for the disaster!!