North Cyprus Law | Proving You Can Pay if You Lose a Case

North Cyprus Law | Proving You Can Pay if You Lose a Case

As I said in my account of yesterday’s proceedings at the court with Kulaksiz 5, we did spot someone in the coffee area who we were surprised to see.

It was the Turkish Cypriot ‘friend’ I refer to in the article below.

I was aware that my friends had a court date on the same day as K5 but they had been told that it was not necessary for them to attend. As far as they were aware their advocate was submitting the necessary paperwork to confirm they did in fact live in north Cyprus and both had the necessary residency stamped in their passports. I toyed with the idea of telephoning my friend to tell her them that their nemesis was at the court but decided against it.

After receiving K5’s new court date several of us retired to the bar near the court. Just before 11.00 am, our friends suddenly appeared. Apparently their former Turkish Cypriot ‘friend’ had told the court that his victims did not have the money to pay the costs if they lost the case and was insisting on money (security of costs) being lodged with the court. The Judge had decided that she would postpone the decision on this until our friends could prove they had the necessary funds to pay should they lose, and before the Judge decided on whether or not to insist on such an order.

In fact they do have the funds, just. No thanks to their former friend who diminished their funds by allowing them to build on his land at their cost and who could not wait for them to die before the property would revert back to him. Who caused them now to have to pay rent because of his duplicity.

Advocates for both sides saw the Judge in chambers at 11.00 am, the Judge did not see our friends but a new date of the 10th April was given so that our friends could prove to the Judge that they do have the necessary funds to live, and the capital investment to pay the costs if they should lose this case. In a fair world, they should not lose. However, one wonders if the defendant has the necessary funds to pay his advocate and the costs and compensation if he loses. Looking at the businesses he has, I see every sign that he is struggling and frankly I am not surprised.


Betrayed by a Turkish Cypriot ‘Friend’

Another scam is unfolding before my eyes at this very moment.

Friends had a property built on land belonging to a Turkish Cypriot who they had been friends with for twelve years. They felt more like family than friends. The arrangement being that they paid for the build and then they lived in until their death, at which time it would revert to the children of their dear Turkish Cypriot friend.

All worked well whilst it was a holiday home, once they came to live in it on a permanent basis, things took a downward plunge.

Yes, you have guessed it. He wants them out. It seems he can do this terrible thing to them, yet if they retaliate in any way, they are dishonouring him.

He happily supplied them with well water, he has a plentiful supply. He has turned this supply off and refuses access to any tanker to bring water to his ‘friends’. Yesterday, he switched off the supply of electricity to their home, the meter is separate but in his name and they have been paying for their supply by standing order through the Bank. He has chained up the two gates that give access.

There is a peculiar attitude adopted by some Turkish Cypriots, they can take your money, then change their minds, then if you object, you are in the wrong and dishonouring them. Now call me naive, but surely there has to be honour before there can be dishonour?

The fact that this Turkish Cypriot is denying these people their Human Rights, their very basic of Human Rights, means nothing to this Turkish Cypriot. When told it was their Human Right that they receive water and electricity, his reply “not here darling”.

The comments section I am sure will be full of posts telling these victims that they were foolish. Well they really do not need telling that, now. They trusted a friend, he betrayed them.

Turkish Cypriots will tell you how dreadful it was when Enosis was at its height. They will tell you of Greek Cypriot neighbours who had become friends and then turned on them. You would think that with this example they would behave better. Ask any victim of the property scam, in 99% of the cases, their villain first played the part of their friend.

It is a minority of Turkish Cypriot’s who behave this way, certainly there have been British and Turkish villains too, but somehow with their recent history, you would think the few Turkish Cypriots who do behave badly would have learned something of how it feels to be under siege. At this moment in time, the victims above are very much under siege.

Why am I not mentioning names, because I am still hoping decency and good sense will prevail. The eternal optimist.


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