A senior Hungarian man living in Florida was denied a new passport because apparently, he has been legally dead for 30 years. The man is in ill health, and he wants to visit his homeland one last time.
The Hungarian Prosecution Service got a highly unusual request recently, as they wrote on their website. A Hungarian man living in the United States needed a valid passport to return to his homeland one last time, but his request was rejected due to him being legally dead for decades.
Legal death is the recognition under the law of a particular jurisdiction that a person is no longer alive. In most cases, a doctor’s declaration of death or the identification of a corpse is a legal requirement for such recognition. A person who has been missing for a sufficiently long period of time (typically several years at least) may be presumed or declared legally dead, usually by a court.
The man was officially declared dead by the Cegléd Municipal Court back in 1987 after receiving no information about his whereabouts or generally about his existence for a long time. It was known that he had previously gone abroad, but no one knew anything about him afterwards.
It turns out that this man emigrated to the United States, and he got settled in Florida. Unfortunately, he got seriously ill and decided to visit his homeland one last time in his lifetime. So, he went and put in a request for a passport without suspecting anything. Much to his surprise, his request got denied, as he was officially deceased. Then, through a consulate in the U.S., he turned to the Pest County Prosecution Service for help. He wants to invalidate the 1987 judicial decision of the Cegléd Municipal Court.