Baghdad: 70 per cent of Christian homes illegally seized

by Mark Woods |  |  published on June 10, 2015

Nearly 70 per cent of Christian-owned homes in Baghdad have been illegally seized, according to a member of the city’s municipal council.

In an interview with Al-Mada TV station reported by Independent Catholic News, Mohammed al- Rubai said: “These houses belonged to Christians who fled from Baghdad, seeking refuge from violent attacks targeting them and their homes. The title deed documents have been falsified and the new title deeds have been lodged with the real estate registry. Many properties had been given illegally to other Iraqi citizens.”

The result, he said, was that “it is possible that both parties [the original and new owners] can possess legally registered title deeds to the same property”.