Man Loses Appeal in Romania Stating He's Deceased

A spokeswoman said he lost his case because he appealed too late.

Brian Feldman
March 19, 2018 - 6:31 am
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(AP) A Romanian court has rejected a man's claim that he's alive, after he was officially registered as deceased.

Reports said Constantin Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact with his Romanian family. Hearing no news from her husband, his wife got a death certificate for him in 2016.

Turkish authorities located the 63-year-old this year with expired papers and deported him, but when he arrived back in Romania, he discovered he had been declared dead. A court spokeswoman said he lost his case in the north-east city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling is final.

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