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THE controversial story of Benidorm’s twin towers continues after a senior court ruled they were illegal.

The owners of luxury apartments in the illegal high rise are entitled to compensation, judges have also ruled – estimated to be more than €60 million.

The two 21-story towers, known as Gemelos 28 are yards from the sea at the Rincon de Loix, a stone’s throw from the famous Levante Beach.

There are a total of 168 luxury apartments in the buildings and around half have been sold – and many are occupied; the majority of owners are foreign nationals.

There were a string of court cases surrounding the buildings after they were declared illegal; now they could be demolished after the Superior Court of Justice in Valencia upheld the ruling.

Back in 1988, a building permit was issued for the construction but this was just weeks before new laws banned building within 100 metres of the coast.

It meant the following year the permissions were withdrawn and the future of the towers has been before the courts ever since.

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