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  1. 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.
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