The issue of the sale of a large property that surrounds famous “Navagio” beach on the Ionian island of Zakynthos has taken an unexpected turn.
A new letter addressed to the Archbishop of Dodona and former Archbishop of Zakynthos Chrysostomos came to light. The letter is co-signed by a lawyer and a civil engineer, who claim to be the representatives of the land owner. The two men claim that their client, the owner Georgios Charos, has sold the property following all legal procedures and that the plot in question does not include neither the Monastery of St. George of Krimnes, as the Archbishop claimed, nor the famous “Navagio” beach.
Archbishop of Dodona Chrystostomos stated yesterday that the sale was at an early stage with many pending issues still to be resolved, since the property in question included land that belonged to the Church. A large area of about 15,000 acres on the Ionian Sea island of Zakynthos is allegedly sold to a company related to the Emir of Quatar. The land is sold by the owners of the property, the descendants of an old noble family.
According to Public Revenue Office of Zakynthos, a contract of 9 million euros and an amount of 400,000 euros has been submitted as a deposit for the conveyance tax. However, tax authorities price the property at double the above value.
The company that appears as the buyer of the land is an international real estate company, while the seller of the land in question is the last descendant of an old noble family of the island who holds the property titles since the 17th century.
On behalf of the church, Archbishop of Dodona Chrysostomos speaking to ANA-MPA said that the Church does not intend to abandon its rights in the region and that the Church is closely monitoring any developments on this issue, noting that the process of the property conveyance is at an early stage and that there are many pending issues.