Man Wins Legal Battle to Be Declared Alive

A Romanian man named Gheroghe Stirbu was accidentally declared dead by government bureaucrats and had to go to court to force the government to re-register him as alive:

Bungling civil servants had mixed him up with another man but although Stirbu pointed out what they had done they refused to acknowledge their mistake until Stirbu won a 12 month legal claim to be declared alive.

Judges renewed his status as alive - and then charged him ?500 in court costs.

Mr Stirbu said: "When the judge ruled in my favour I was absolutely delighted - and then seconds later was absolutely shocked when I found out I would have to pay so much in legal bills.

"I will of course appeal the imposition of the costs but I am already beginning to wonder whether or not I would have been better off staying dead." -

Link via DoublePlusUndead

Image via flickr user ambergis

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