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Who will pay the price?

Who will pay the price?

In fact, everything started in 1957. An official letter came to the Istanbul police headquarters. The first instance court demanded that Mariam binti Ovahim, who lives in Beşiktaş district, be found immediately. The police called, scanned, declaring that a person with this name could not be found, his address could not be determined, that he did not even know him. Upon this official response of the police, the first-instance court decided on the court, ruling that Mariam binti Ovahim was "victorious" and appointed "trustee" to Mariam binti Ovahim's real estate. The legal period was expected to expire. When the legal period expired, Mariam binti Ovahim's four-storey building in Beşiktaş, which was entrusted to the trustee, was transferred to the Treasury.

In fact, everything started in 1957. An official letter came to the Istanbul police headquarters. The first instance court demanded that Mariam binti Ovahim, who lives in Beşiktaş district, be found immediately. The police called, scanned, declaring that a person with this name could not be found, his address could not be determined, that he did not even know him. Upon this official response of the police, the first-instance court decided on the court, ruling that Mariam binti Ovahim was "victorious" and appointed "trustee" to Mariam binti Ovahim's real estate. The legal period was expected to expire. When the legal period expired, Mariam binti Ovahim's four-storey building in Beşiktaş, which was entrusted to the trustee, was transferred to the Treasury.

Whereas…

The person who was wanted by the police after the subpoena was declared and his property was seized as lost, was the Virgin Mary, as the people said! Ovahim was one of the names of God for Christians, Ovahim's daughter was meant to be Mary, that is, the mother of Jesus, the owner of the said title, seized by the state!

Because…

In the Ottoman period, the revenues of the churches consisted of donations. Since there was no banking system yet, these donations were not stacked as money, and real estate was bought to protect its value. In 1913, the state started to apply title deed. Real estate declaration was sent to churches. The churches wrote names such as Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and Gabriel, as opposed to the "property owner". The deeds were registered on these names, and were registered in the state records with these names.

Subsequently ...

The Republic was declared. The legal personality of churches turned into minority foundations. In 1936, a declaration was sent to the minority foundations by the state, and a list of their properties was requested. Minority foundations gave the list, so that Jesus, the Virgin Mary, names like Gabriel Prophet, as the owner of the property belonging to the church land registry entry to the Republic of Turkey.

The events of September 6/7 exploded in 1955. The non-Muslim minority was attacked with wood, and they were fired. After this vandalism, it was time to collapse on their property with their stray goods.

Two years after September 6/7…

The national real estate directorate began to apply to the courts. Lawsuits were filed against the Virgin Mary, who was seen as the "property owner" in the deed, to Mary, to Gabriel, to the apostle. Churches did not even know about these cases. The Prophet Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Gabriel, who was sought by the police with the subpoena, was declared missing, and his property was confiscated, as if pulling hair from butter. When the churches became aware of the situation, they were both sacked and trembling because of the horror they experienced on September 6/7, they did not dare to file a counter-suit.

Beşiktaş, Şişli, Fatih, Beyoğlu, Kadıköy, Sarıyer… 11,500 properties, the value of which was measured in billions of dollars, were confiscated using the same method.

Not just Istanbul… There were real estates seized in Çanakkale, Hatay, Izmir.

After the Cyprus landing in 1974, after the September 12 coup in 1980, hundreds of other properties were seized with the same method.

And, Akp came to power.

The European Union suppressed. They bowed. In 2008, the Law on Foundations was enacted with EU harmonization feet. With this law, a way was opened for the return of the immovable properties acquired by minority foundations after 1936.

Minority foundations filed for lawful extraditions.

But…

Before 1936, that is, in order to return the deeds registered to individuals in 1913, they had to apply in person or their heirs. So ... In order to take back the property registered in the name of the Prophet Jesus, you had to bring the Prophet Jesus to court, or you had to find the grandchildren of the Prophet Jesus!

Thanks to this word game in the law, it was said that the practices of Ottoman law did not bind the law of the Republic, the deeds registered by the churches in the state in 1913 were ignored.

Now? Hagia Sophia museum and mosque were built.

For what reason was it done? Hagia Sophia appeared as a mosque in the land registry. This deed was registered in 1936, just like the deeds of churches. He was registered on behalf of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han Foundation. This foundation was a foundation belonging to the Ottoman period before the Republic. It was devoted to the private law provisions of the Ottoman state. Therefore, it had to be handled within the framework of Ottoman foundation law.

The law was bent on this ground, twisted ... The Museum decision of the Republic was canceled. The foundation decision of the Ottoman Empire was implemented.

Thus, for the first time in our history… Ottoman law was accepted as valid instead of Republic law. Ottoman law was transformed into jurisprudence by the Council of State.

Thus… The friends, who were delighted that Hagia Sophia became a mosque, legally agreed to pay billions of dollars in compensation for the church properties registered in the name of Jesus, the mother of Mary during the Ottoman period!

Minority foundations will present the Council of State's Hagia Sophia decision to the court and win the return cases of their confiscated properties. If you try to stand up after this time, they will go to the European Court of Human Rights, they will collect them crunchily.

Congratulations on the sentence, I wish good prayers in Hagia Sophia.

Yılmaz ÖZDİL