Turkish swindler to pay 570,000 TL to deceived Japanese woman, Istanbul court rules
ISTANBULAn Istanbul court has ordered a Turkish man who deceived a Japanese woman with the promise of marriage to pay 570,000 Turkish Liras (USD $160,452) in monetary damages, local media reports said May 15.
A number of women Japanese tourists have previously been deceived by the 31-year-old man and had warned others about him on Twitter, according to reports.
“Our client has found out from land register records that Mustafa, whom she thought she would marry, was already married. And since she found out that she was deceived, her physical and mental health has seriously deteriorated. This award of damages is pleasing. We’ll also sue him for damages for mental anguish,” the lawyer of the 48-year-old Japanese woman, Y.K., was quoted as saying, according to the reports.
While on a visit to Istanbul in 2013, Y.K. met Mustafa G., with whom she began a romantic relationship.
Although she returned to Japan, she began to loan him money on a number of occasions in the expectation that they would eventually marry.
But after Mustafa G. started to avoid her phone calls, she pressed charges.
Mustafa G., on the other hand, sought to defend himself in the court.
“When I met Y.K., I told her that I was already married … It is only when Y.K.’s jealousies started that the thing turned into an issue of money … I never promised her marriage. We were together. I accept that I got the money, I’ll give it back. I haven’t been able to yet because I don’t have the financial means,” he said.
Mustafa G. is reportedly infamous among Japanese women who have visited Turkey.
“If the swindler, who deceives Japanese loving Turkey, comes near you, run away or ask for help from the police. But the very best is that you avoid him,” said one Japanese woman on Twitter in a warning to compatriots regarding Mustafa G.