Pauline Read’s Kulaksiz 5 interview – part 6

Polly Marples: So at this point you had had your Injunctions made permanent and you had made a decision to Appeal the Court Order given to Akfinans, so what happened next?

Pauline: There was a short period where we were chasing the Appeals procedure and my Advocate had yet another informal ‘chat’ with a High Court Judge.

Polly Marples: Why was the chat necessary?

Pauline: To be honest I was never really sure. However by now the time was fast running out to mount the Appeal. You have only six months in which to do so, and if I tell you the papers needed to start the Appeal were only lodged with the High Court on the 18th May 2009 and the expiry date to Appeal was the 20th May 2009, you will realise just how fine we were cutting it.

Polly Marples: My goodness, I had not realised how close to not being able to Appeal you had been So then I presume you just sat back and waited for the first hearing date on the Appeal case?

Pauline: Oh no, in the TRNC, nothing is ever quite that straight forward. We were asked to attend the High Court in Lefkoşa on several occasions, which consisted of us waiting outside the Judge’s chambers whilst our Advocate went in with the Bank’s Advocate. This I was told was normal and really was the preparatory stages prior to the first full hearing.

Polly Marples: How frustrating. Did the Builder and the Landowner have to be made aware of this?

Pauline: Yes, serving papers on the builder was easy, he was still in the TRNC at that stage, but serving papers on the Landowner Yuksel Yilmaz had its problems because by this time the yellow bellied thief had done a ‘runner’ to Turkey.

Polly Marples: Oh yes, I remember, I did a little sleuthing for you and found out he had been transferred by his employers Pegasus Airlines to Hatay Airport in Turkey and was manager there.

Pauline: Yes, you did a good job.

Polly Marples: So did they manage to serve the papers on Yuksel Yilmaz?

Pauline: Yes, much to my surprise, they were served on him at his place of work, actually at the airport in Hatay. Thich, if nothing else, proves that the system here can be made to work.

Polly Marples: So having had the Injunctions made permanent, were you able to go ahead with the Breach of Contract case in Girne.

Pauline: Yes, we had that up and running too, so again we had two cases running simultaneously, only this time, one at Girne District Court and one at the High Court in Lefkoşa.

Polly Marples: You must have found that a real strain?

Pauline: Indeed we did, it meant that were in one court or another at least once a week and on occasions twice a week.

Polly Marples: so what were the logistics for getting to Lefkoşa?

Pauline: Well for our Girne case, our advocate only had to walk around the corner, but for the Lefkoşa case, it seemed a waste to take two cars so we got into the habit of picking our Advocate up from her office and all travelling to Lefkoşa in our car.

Polly Marples: You must have made a great number of court attendances, one way and another?

Pauline: Yes, by the 29th June 2010, I had made 23 appearances at Girne District Court and 3 at the High Court in Lefkoşa, and we were by no means near the end for either case.

Polly Marples: Am I right in thinking that the District Court goes into a summer recess in July and restarts in September?

Pauline: Yes that is right but the High court does not.

Polly Marples: Whilst you were conducting these three cases, were you making anyone else, other than the legal eagles, aware of what you were doing.

Pauline: Yes, I would confirm in writing my understanding of everything that went on in each hearing and I would copy in Marion Stokes of the HBPG, Tugce Volkan of the Property Complaints Office and as soon as the present Government came into power, the new Minister of the Interior – Ilkay Kamil.

Polly Marples: I believe you also wrote separately to Minister Kamil.

Pauline: Yes, I actually wrote to him on eleven occasions and all letters were sent registered mail.

Polly Marples: Did you ever receive a reply, didn’t I read somewhere that the Constitution requires a Government Minister to reply to all letter within a month?

Pauline: No, not even one reply and yes the Constitution does give that guarantee. I later learned that allegedly someone senior in his office was a relative of the Bank, but of course I would not accuse anyone of anything, although I have often wondered, did Minister Kamil ever see my letters?


————– Part 7 to follow ————



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