Company wins compensation for damage in 1995 riot

An electrical appliances company has been awarded compensation by the Council of State for damage to its property during a riot 16 years ago.

The company filed a lawsuit against the Greek state for the destruction of private property following rioting in the area around the Technical University of Athens in 1995.

According to the ruling – which could prove decisive in other similar claims – both the police and the fire department failed to safeguard private property which was destroyed by rioters. The company claimed the sum of 34,000 euros in compensation for the destruction of one of its vehicles, which was set on fire.

While the lawsuit was initially rejected by the Court of First Instance, the company subsequently won the case at the Administrative Court of Appeals.

The company’s store has been the target of further attacks and looting since 1995.

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