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About UmarAlFarooq

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  1. Hello Arkadashlar (friends), I am married to a Turkish girl who is virtually being held captive in her ex-husband's house because of her daughter. He has taken away her phone and internet access and we are only able to communicate very sporadically. I'm sending emails to her ex but he doesn't speak any English and is sending me emails in Turkish. I don't want to post the content here in a public forum because the matters are private in nature. Are there any good-natured Turkish speakers who can please help me with translating our emails to each other? Please? I know I can pay a professional but they are going to run up a hefty tab and I'm trying to be a little careful with money so that I can fight for my wife longer. Please help me if you can and I will make LOTS of dua for you. Thank you, -Umar.
  2. Dear Admin, are you one person? If you are then you are incredible! Thank you so much for taking the effort to contact a lawyer who seems to know his stuff! This reply has been most helpful. It gives me at least some leads to follow up with. Is it possible to find out from the attorney if there are pro-bono lawyers in Turkey or organizations who help victims and foreign nationals with their case? As I mentioned, I am severely strapped for cash and could use all the help I could get. I understand the longer processing time due to the distance but I still need to make sure that I didn't just receive a brush-off from the police department. All I've given them is the perpetrator's full name and where he's from. After they took down the information, I gave them his phone number but they didn't include that in the paperwork. I don't know if they have his ID number or not, if and how they'll contact him and if he gets served notice. Thank you once again, -Umar.
  3. Hello Admin, Are not the victims of crimes entitled to compensation in Turkey? My right hand ring finger is broken and I'm in the computer field. Doctor has told me to lay off the finger for 3 to 4 weeks. It is extremely difficult to use my hand with the finger splint, not just for typing but doing many day to day activities. He has threatened to kill me many times. When I filed a police report they asked me two particular questions "Are you filing a complaint against Mehmet Faith Siyer?" and "Do you want to compromise?" I said "Yes" and "Yes". I understand there is a new law in Turkey about arbitration: http://www.gurlaw.com/alternative-dispute-resolution-methods/ There is a post in this forum about this as well: http://www.turkeycentral.com/topic/19666-turkeys-brand-new-alternative-dispute-resolution-system/ I spoke to two lawyers but they didn't know about this arbitration and seemed a little clueless. I tried to give them power of attorney but the Noter office said "He has to have a Turkish Tax ID number". I don't live in Turkey and I'm not doing business in Turkey. Why would I need a tax id number? How do I go about getting one? They said "Here is a fee schedule or "tariff" by Istanbul bar and proceeded to show me that prosecuting this case through them would cost me about 10,000 TL if it goes to court and at a minimum 1,500 TL to have representation and I still have to come in front of the prosecutor. So it comes down to the same question, "How do foreign nationals get justice in Turkey when a crime has been committed against them?" The Sevgilik (Prosecutor's office) has my US address. Will they even send anything internationally? Would I be required to appear in person? Who will cover the cost of that? It is convenient for the perpetrator of a crime to show up to the prosecutor's office because he's local. What about foreigners who live ten thousand miles away? How can we just "show up" to the hearing bearing such expenses? Now, if the public knows about this, what would then stop a local citizen from increasing such attacks on foreign nationals thinking "There is little to no chance I could get into trouble because they're too far away to prosecute the case"? Because of the distance and the cost associated, we foreign nationals can't do anything. We are walking targets for anyone to commit crimes against. Imagine if it was rape, as you mentioned. The poor girl who can't afford to fly to Turkey or afford legal representation will sit in her country and can't do anything while the perpetrator walks free? In the US, the whole point of hiring an attorney, as opposed to let's say, a paralegal or anyone else, is that the attorney has the power to represent you in abstentia (when you're not there). If I have to fly here taking days off of work, arrangements to take care of my son, get a hotel and other expenses just to show up for the hearing, then what's the point of hiring a lawyer? I already gave my statement to the police. I already got the doctor's report with x-rays from 2 different hospitals. First one was a private hospital which the police said they won't accept. They kindly drove me to the public hospital and I got a report from there saying the same thing. The two witnesses already gave their statements to the police also.
  4. Hello, I am a US Citizen who is married to a Turkish woman but it is a religious marriage only, not a legal one. Her ex-husband has been divorced from her both legally and religiously but claimed that he did not divorce her religiously. I came to Turkey and went to our apartment and her ex-husband showed up with her and he took out a knife and tried to kill me. My wife was translating for me and he said "If I see you again, I will kill you." Next time I saw him at my wife's grandmother's house and he again attacked me, this time, breaking my finger. I went to the hospital, got a doctor's report showing that my finger has been fractured and took the report to the police station. They filed a complaint. My wife and her mother came to give their statement and confirmed that I was attacked by the ex-husband. Now the case is supposed to go to the Sevgelik (Public Prosecutor's Office) and I'm supposed to show up for that. I don't know how long that will take but I don't live in Turkey. I need to know what my rights are and what, if any, protections do I have. Does the US consulate do anything to help? I spoke to a couple of lawyers and they said the bill just to represent me will run into the thousands and that is if it doesn't even go to court! If it goes to court, there are additional fees which are more expensive. Is there anything in this country as a public defendant or pro-bono lawyers who can help me? I hardly feel it is fair to be attacked and then just to file my complaint with the public prosecutor's office, I have to pay thousands of dollars. In the US, this would be an open and shut case. He attacked, two witnesses gave their statements to the police, I've been injured and there must be some form of compensation or settlement. Often times attorneys take a case on a percent basis. If they win the case, they keep 30% and give the rest to me. Is there any help for US citizens in Turkey? If not, I see this as an open invitation for people to attack any foreigner and get away with it Scott free because it will be too difficult for them to prosecute the case! Thank you, -Umar.
  5. Correction. His name is Seyda Hoca and he is in Konya. Maybe you've heard of that name? If you google it, his video shows up. Any help in getting through to him would be greatly appreciated!
  6. There is a Turkish scholar named Sadi Hoca. My wife's ex-husband is a big follower of this hoca. I live in the US and am Islamically married to a Turkish wife. She was previously married with a daughter. Everything was going well until her ex-husband produced some document saying that when he said "I divorce you" to her 3 times over 5 years ago, it only counted as one. So they are not divorced and he is trying to force his rights on her. They have a daughter together and this is making it very difficult for the little girl. I need to URGENTLY get in touch with Sadi hoca and arrange a meeting with her ex-husband so we can settle this matter in a civil and Islamic way. I am sure he will listen to Sadi hoca. PLEASE if any of you out there know how I can get in touch with Said hoca please let me know! I am trying to protect my family.
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