Mari families get justice 5 years after the explosion
The District Court in Larnaca has decided that families who lost relatives in the Mari explosion of 2011 are justified in seeking compensation in a case which has set a precedent for those involved.
According to the Phileleftheros newspaper’s article on Friday, in the first case that was brought to the court, compensation was given to the first of the three families.
Thirteen people were killed on July 11, 2011 at the explosion at the Mari Naval Base.
In the first case that brought to court by relatives, 628,000 euros in compensation was given to the family of firefighter Andreas Papadopoulos, according to the newspaper.
Other amounts were given to the families of Cleanthis Cleanthous and Panayiotis Theofilou.
The widow of Cleanthous, who spoke to Radio Proto, said that no compensation is enough to cover the hole left by the lives that were “tragically” lost.
The court had taken into account for every issue the specific characteristics of the case. Interest will be added to the amounts the families receive.
Another important detail which emerged from the case is the government's admission of responsibility for the death of the 13 people in the explosion.
The widow of Cleanthous, Katia, also added that she is satisfied with the decision and the admission of the Republic of Cyprus in April 2015.
Source: Radio Proto