British husband takes wife to court over fraud

October 06, 2007, Saturday/ 18:06:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Briton Stephen Cassidy, a civil engineer who has been working in Turkey on the Blue Stream Project for several years, has filed a lawsuit against his Turkish wife for “qualified fraud.”
Cassidy lodged a criminal complaint against his wife, identified as A.G., and accused her of fleeing with another man after stealing a luxurious villa, 90,000 pounds and 100,000 euros. In the British husband’s complaint, it was indicated that Cassidy met his wife in the northern province of Samsun while she was studying medicine at 19 Mayıs University.

Coming from a very poor family A.G. received financial support from the plaintiff for a long time before the couple got married in February 2006. Cassidy, continuing his financial aid throughout their marriage, bought a luxurious villa in the southern city of Antalya, a jeep and an automobile for his wife, and deposited 90,000 pounds and 100,000 euros to her bank account. Returning from Scotland after spending 10 months there for business contacts, Cassidy was shocked to learn that his wife had run away with Tamer Taner, a business executive from a bar in Konyaaltı.

A.G. denied the accusations and contended that she left Cassidy after he forced her to convert to Christianity. Cassidy’s lawyer, however, rejected A.G.’s argument, saying she was trying to exploit religion to conceal her guilt.

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