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Greek birth certificate probe in 'Maria' case

Greece: Nationwide birth certificate probe ordered in case of girl found in Roma camp

In this police handout photo taken on Thursday , Oct. 17, 2013,  Christos Salis, 39, right, and his companion Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, or Selini Sal...
In this police handout photo taken on Thursday , Oct. 17, 2013,  Greek Roma, or Gypsy, man Christos Salis, 39,  is seen in the Larisa regional police ...
In this police handout photo taken on Thursday , Oct. 17, 2013,  Greek Roma,  Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, or Selini Sali

APTOPIX Greece Mystery Girl

In this police handout photo taken on Thursday , Oct. 17, 2013, Christos Salis, 39, right, and his companion Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, or Selini Sal...

Greece Mystery Girl

In this police handout photo taken on Thursday , Oct. 17, 2013, Greek Roma, or Gypsy, man Christos Salis, 39, is seen in the Larisa regional police ...

Greece Mystery Girl

In this police handout photo taken on Thursday , Oct. 17, 2013, Greek Roma, Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, or Selini Sali

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A top Greek prosecutor has ordered an emergency nationwide investigation into birth certificates issued in the past six years after a girl was discovered living with alleged abductors at a gypsy camp.

Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani ordered the inquiry Tuesday for birth certificates issued after Jan. 1, 2008, amid news media reports of benefit fraud by families declaring births in multiple administrative regions.

A couple has been jailed on charges of abduction and document fraud. "Maria" believed to aged 5-6 was taken into protective care last week after DNA tests established that the couple was not her natural parents.


Updated : 2021-05-18 04:22 GMT+08:00