Woman sues ex-husband, wins case after man’s current wife gives testimony in Turkey
A Russian woman who sued her Turkish ex-husband on accusations that he committed violence and fraud has won the case after support she got from the man’s current wife, daily Habertürk reported on Dec. 26.
Yuliva Pikolova had sued her former husband, known only by the initials İ.C., accusing him of breaking into her house, beating her, and prompting legal proceeding letters sent to her in an unlawful way.
But Pikolova managed to win the case after testimony Özlem C., the man’s current wife, gave to a prosecutor’s office, confirming İ.C.’s offenses.
The initial complaint came when Pikolova and the man divorced after their five-year-long marriage ended in 2002.
Pikolova filed a lawsuit against İ.C. for breaking into her house in the Urla district of the Aegean province of İzmir. The ex-husband was fined 3,320 Turkish Liras (around $872) by a local court.
Following the incident, Pikolova moved to Istanbul. It was then when İ.C. claimed to authorities that Pikolova had run away with their shared properties or destroyed them, prompting authorities to send a legal proceeding note to Pikolova’s address in Istanbul.
Pikolova said she never received the letter but added that she could have made an appeal to the authorities regarding İ.C.’s allegations had she received the letter. Pikolova’s claim was backed by İ.C.’s current wife, Özlem C.
“Using images of broken things he downloaded from the internet, my husband claimed that Yuliva had broken [them], claimed for damages, and initiated legal proceedings. He found old bills and presented them to the court as if they belonged to the broken properties,” Özlem C. reportedly told the prosecutor’s office.
Özlem C. also said that her husband had taken a day trip to Istanbul, where he secretly seized the proceeding letter that had arrived for Pikolova.
“I thought that someone who did this to their former wife could do the same to me,” Özlem C. said.
Following Özlem C.’s testimony, İ.C. was sentenced to 10 months in jail on charges of “forging private document,” but the execution of the sentence was suspended. If İ.C. commits a crime in the next five years, he will serve his sentence.
Meanwhile, Özlem C. was reported to have filed for divorce from her husband, whom she had already separated from.