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Bulgaria formally wants custody of blonde Maria

15 January 2014 / 15:01:57  GRReporter
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Bulgaria has formally requested that the 4-year-old blonde angel Maria, who was found in a Roma family in the town of Farsala in October, be put into a home for abandoned children in Bulgaria as reported by Ethnos newspaper today, referring to the minutes of yesterday's closed session of the court in Larissa.
    According to the publication, the hearing had been attended by the Bulgarian consul in Athens, accompanied by a lawyer. He had presented to the court a certificate signed by the Ambassador of Bulgaria and formally stated that the Bulgarian government would intervene and request that the child be placed in custody of a home for abandoned children in Bulgaria.
    The prosecutors and judges had unanimously decided that this was a new development in the case and that it would take time to examine the new document, thus agreeing to postpone the case by two months, namely to 18 March. Yesterday's information on the development of the case was highly controversial, as we have already reported.
    Immediately after the discovery of the child in the Roma family in Farsala, the institutions in Bulgaria wanted to intervene in little Maria’s life. Director of the State Agency for Child Protection Eva Zhecheva said she was ready to immediately set off to the border with Greece and take the girl from there. "Even formally, the child is a Greek citizen and only the prosecutor for minors in Larissa can decide where little Maria would feel best. Fortunately, prosecutors do not talk too much," Kostas Giannopoulos, head of the child protection foundation "The Smile of the Child", which is currently taking care of the girl, commented on the statements.

So far, The Bulgarian Embassy in Athens has not denied the information published by Ethnos nor has it confirmed it.

Tags: Blonde angel MariaCourt in LarissaThe Smile of the ChildRoma familyFarsalaState Agency for Child Protection
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