Real estate investor sues Romania over high rise

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An office building is seen next to the  St. Joseph Cathedral, right, in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, July 14, 2011. Eyal Ofer, co-chairman of Miller Global, a U.S-based real estate company said Thursday the company is suing Romania at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over a Romanian court decision to halt work on the almost completed building.  The case has been in litigation since 2006 when Bishop Ioan Robu, the head of Romania's Catholic Church claimed the 19-storied building was a risk to foundations of the 19th century St. Joseph Cathedral.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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An office building is seen next to the St. Joseph Cathedral, right, in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, …

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A real estate investor is suing Romania after an appeals court upheld a ruling halting work on an office building in Bucharest.

Eyal Ofer, co-chairman of Miller Global, a U.S.-based real estate company, told reporters Thursday the company is suing Romania at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He claims the company has lost euro25 million ($35 million).

An appeals court in Suceava this week upheld a 2006 ruling that temporarily stopped work on Cathedral Plaza after Bishop Ioan Robu sued, claiming the 19-story building had not obtained authorization from Bucharest city hall.

Robu has also claimed the building was a risk to the foundation of the nearby 19th-century St. Joseph Cathedral.

Ofer says Miller Global has all the required permits and pays tax on the building.

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