Dead Man Walking: Court Rejects Romanian’s Claim He’s Alive
I am a living ghost,” he said venting his frustration against local authorities and his wife who he says unlawfully took ownership of a property after he was declared dead.
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Constantin Reliu learned in January that he was dead. After more than 20 years of working as a cook in Turkey, the 63-year-old returned home to Romania to discover that his wife had had him officially registered as dead. He has since been living a legalistic nightmare of trying to prove to authorities that he is, in fact, alive. He faced a major setback Thursday when a court in the northeastern…