Many people alive may probably never imagine or understand Constantin Reliu’s situation.

You see, Reliu is alive but his death certificate is already with the authorities. Now, he has to defend his being alive.

But the court is having none of his explanations, and they are telling him, ‘you remain a dead man’.

It all started in 1999 when Reliu, now 63-year-old, left his hometown in Barlad, Romania to travel to Turkey.

For unknown reasons, he lost contact with his family and in 2003, his wife presumed him dead and obtained his death certificate.

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Now, Reliu is in court seeking to overturn the death certificate but the court told him he could no longer challenge the death certificate because he had been barred by the statute of limitation - meaning the time he could have challenged his death status had passed.

This story was reported by the UK Guardian which cited Romanian media.

“I am officially dead, although I’m alive,” The Guardian translated Mr. Reliu as telling reporters. “I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”

The Romanian daily Adevarul reported in local language that Mr. Reliu’s wife told the court that since she didn’t hear from her husband for years, she assumed he had died in an earthquake in Turkey.

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