Prince Not Entitled to Protocol Estate
Crown Prince Alexander II, the heir to the Serbian royal family Karađorđević, does not have the right to the protocol estate of Brdo pri Kranju, the Ljubljana Higher Court has decided.
This means that an earlier decision of the Kranj District Court on Alexander's claim to the half of the estate is now final.
However, the crown prince, who lives in Paris, will not give up. According to his lawyer, Peter Kos, he will request an audit of the proceedings at the higher court.
Meanwhile, the State Solicitor General's Office, which was informed of the ruling on 28 March, told Delo that such a ruling had been expected. It added that the court upheld their arguments in the case in which the prince demanded property worth EUR 260,000.
Prince Alexander II will also have to pay the court costs that arose from his lawsuit and amount to some EUR 3,500.
The Kranj court rejected in May 2011 all claims by Prince Alexander II regarding the land bought by the crown prince's father before WWII and now owned by the state. Apart from demanding about a half of the Brdo pri Kranju estate, he also filed a separate damages claim.
Denationalisation procedures on the Brdo estate had long been finished and the Karađorđević dynasty was not entitled to get back its former property in line with the 1991 law on returning real estate that was nationalised after WWII.
Alexander's sister Jelisaveta Karađorđević reportedly has no intention of demanding the other half of the estate.