– A Romanian man has been declared dead by a court despite being alive
– He had reportedly traveled to Turkey and eventually lost contact with his family for over a decade
– His wife later obtained a death certificate for him 4 years after not hearing from him
In what looks like a story from a movie script, Constantin Reliu may be in shock for a long time to come over his current status. The 63-year-old was legally declared dead by the court despite an overwhelming evidence contradicting that fact.
According to The Guardian, Constatin had traveled to Turkey in the year 1992 in search of work. He last returned to the country in 1999 and ever since then, made no contact with his family. Not hearing from him for years, Reliu’s wife obtained a backdated death certificate for him in 2003.
Constantin Reliu revealed that he was unaware of the death certificate until Turkish authorities arrested and deported him back to Romania due to expired papers. Reliu had planned to renew his passport in Romania and return to Turkey, but on arrival, he was detained by immigration officers who informed him he had died in 2003
After more than a decade in Turkey during which time he made no contact with his family, he discovered he was declared dead in his homeland. Appealing the case in court, he was told it was too late, and would have to remain officially deceased.
His wife argued in court that having heard nothing from her husband since 1999, she had assumed he died in an earthquake while in Turkey.
“I am officially dead, although I’m alive,” I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.” a shocked and bemused Constantin said during an interview with a local media outlet.
Reliu said he wants to return to Turkey and has set up a small company there, but is now faced with a confusing legal battle to regain his identity and obtain a passport.
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