A Romanian court told a very alive 63-year-old man that he is dead and he will stay that way, The Guardian reports.
Constantin Reliu asked the court to overturn a death certificate that his wife obtained while he was in Turkey for over a decade.
Reilu explained that he did not have contact with his family at the time.
The court told him “he was too late, and would have to remain officially deceased,” The Guardian reports.
“I am officially dead, although I’m alive,” Reliu told reporters. “I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”
More, via The Guardian:
Reliu left Romania for Turkey in 1992, apparently to seek employment. He last returned to the country in 1999, and appears to have cut off all contact with his family. After years of silence from her estranged husband, Reliu’s wife obtained a backdated death certificate for him.
The Romanian daily Adevarul said Reliu’s wife had argued in court that having heard nothing from her husband since 1999, she had assumed he had died in an earthquake while in Turkey. The paper said Reliu believes she sought the death certificate in order to annul the marriage and allow her to remarry.
He may never have found out about his death in his homeland if he had not been apprehended by Turkish authorities earlier this year and deported back to Romania due to his expired documents. 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.
Reilu told reporters he wants to go back to Turkey because he has a small business there but can’t get a passport because he’s legally dead.
According to the report, the court ruling is final and can’t be appealed.