TRNC legal system’s treatment of Kulaksiz 5 ex-pat pensioners

It could have been any of the 1400 plus people who have had mortgages taken out on their homes without their knowledge or consent. It turned out to be the Kulaksiz 5 who got to the stage of potential eviction first. I suspect not because it was the first mortgage taken out that way, more because the horrendous mortgage rate of 80% per quarter compound caused it to grow so quickly. There may be other mortgages out there with the same rate but somehow I suspect that there isn’t.

You could say that my home was the first to be repossessed, albeit in a very unlawful and violent way. I can tell you that it has made me very afraid and I do look over my shoulder continuously. I check under my car for brake fluid or an explosive devise. Some will say I am paranoid; strangely, being treated the way we have been treated leaves you trusting no-one.

I look at my former neighbours and I can see the visible changes, it is the changes you cannot see that damage the most. The way your heart jumps every time a strange car appears in the street; the constant fear that a knock on the door, when answered, will reveal the bailiff and a policeman standing there. Yes, the bailiff on the last occasion was accompanied by a policeman. These are decent ordinary people yet the ‘powers that be’ think it is necessary for them to be confronted by a policeman too, as if they were criminals. Would they treat their own parents or grandparents in such an oppressive manner? It may not occur to ‘the powers that be’ that this is an act of intimidation or repression but, believe me, that is how it feels when it happens to you.

None of us thought we would end our days in a state of virtual imprisonment, afraid to go out lest someone breaks into your house, afraid to stay in lest you are served with a writ. This is happening to the old and the frail, not young people who could maybe recover from it, work harder and build another life. The time for recovery is past and all they face is a uncertain future, inevitably shortened by the cruel and inhuman treatment they are enduring.

I say to the ‘powers that be’ try walking a mile in their shoes and you will soon be looking for new shoes.

The final irony is that they are being punished for a crime they did not commit.


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