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Court rejects man's claim that he is not dead

Posted on Friday, 16 March, 2018 | Comment icon 20 comments

The court refused to accept Reliu's claim that he was alive. Image Credit: PD - Joe Gratz
A Romanian court has formally rejected Constantin Reliu's claim that he is actually very much alive.
According to reports, the 65-year-old had traveled to Turkey for work in 1992 but had lost contact with his family during that time, leading to him being mistakenly declared dead back home.

After being arrested in Turkey due to expired papers and deported back to Romania, Reliu discovered that, because he was officially dead, the system no longer recognized him as a valid citizen.

He later took the matter to court in an attempt to overturn his 'deceased' status only to find that his appeal had been rejected on the basis that he had undertaken the appeal process too late.

"I am officially dead, although I'm alive," he said.

"I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can't do anything."

Source: USA Today | Comments (20)

Tags: Romania, Court

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by Rlyeh on 16 March, 2018, 19:43
But they're not declared dead.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hawkin on 17 March, 2018, 14:13
Maybe he can get a job as a zombie in AMC's The Walking Dead.
Comment icon #13 Posted by ChaosRose on 17 March, 2018, 14:40
It's Romania, and your first choice is zombie?
Comment icon #14 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 19 March, 2018, 13:12
Well, the article wasn't actually describing a Strigoi.
Comment icon #15 Posted by White Unicorn on 19 March, 2018, 14:13
I had a customer at a US bank go though the same thing!  The undertaker reported a dead man's Social Security number one digit wrong that happened to be his number!  The credit bureaus kept reporting him as dead. He had to dispute it constantly with all of them about every two months in order to receive his social security direct deposit to his account. Luckily he never had to apply for a loan LOL. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam on 19 March, 2018, 14:33
When my father passed away my mother sent a copy of his death certificate and a letter asking for his name to be removed from future bills. They replied saying his name could not be removed as he needs to sign for this to be authorised. My mother did not go through a medium to obtain his signature, she phoned the eletricity company and asked them how they thought she should go about getting it......obviously they realised a mistake had been made. Like the story above, this is not just a is stupidity at its highest level. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by Silent Trinity on 20 March, 2018, 10:22
Surely common sense must prevail...he is stood there, living and breathing, how the hell can a judgement that he is dead still stand in a court of law?....Surely this makes a mockery of itself? Ah well like other have said, at least he doesn't have to pay taxes any more, and is he is stopped by the Police, he can just say, sorry officer can't help you I'm dead and walk away.....what crime could he be tried for? can you imagine the court scene?.... "The defendant is charged with three counts of robbery and one count of indecent exposure in a supermarket....has the defence anything to say in the... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 20 March, 2018, 13:14
Not even death can save us from taxes. Sad truth. Thanks for good and healthy laugh man Dunno how it is in your country but here we pay kind of subion for graveyard spot, since early childhood (in my case it's 32 years of small fee but multiply it with [32x12] and you get nice amount of money, multiply that with population number and you get angry if you think critically). Nonetheless, 'they' make us pay more money aside form what we already gave. And when the day comes it's usually banks and loans which provide decent burial because that subion ''wasn't enough''. So many people fear death onl... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Piney on 20 March, 2018, 14:53
I was born into a Quaker Meeting so my burial is free,or should I say paid for by the Meeting.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Scholar4Truth on 22 March, 2018, 0:43
If they don't think he is alive ask them to prick in him a needle and say now do dead men bleed? Idk but for some reason that little parable comes to mind when I see this story except its reversed. 

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