THE CASE OF PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE MAXIMOS
... The case was begun with the excuse that Greek do not have rights of inheritance ... The Patriarch was a Turkish citizen, and his heir, his sister Kornilia Vaportzi, was Greek by marriage, but her original citizenship and descent was Turkish ... thus she was subject to the laws of Turkey ...

... and yet no one showed any respect for the property of a woman who was Turkish by citizenship and descent ... The Patriarch's fine house was pulled down in a single night ... and in its place ... on a site of 1,200 square metres they built
... a mosque ...

... When the Decree was withdrawn for the third time and this had retrospective force, the heirs took legal action and sought the valuation of the property ... But a mosque had already been built on the site ... and who would dare to ask for it back ... or demolish it ... he would be dead the next day ...

... The court accepted at least that compensation should be paid to the heirs ... But the State appealed to the 2nd Court of Cassation in Ankara ... all Greek cases concerning real estate went on appeal to the 2nd Court of Cassation in Ankara ...

... You'll have guessed that again the case was lost ... The answer was: "Yes, compensation should be paid ... but the wrong action has been lodged! An action to lay claim to the purchase price must be taken out". This meant that the heirs had to find the money to start another battle ... for a building worth billions ... the heirs did not have the financial resources for that kind of thing ...

... And so the case is still pending ...