Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A lawyer for a Roma couple accused of abducting the girl found living with them says the pair adopted the child from her biological mother.
In a case that has generated huge interest in Greece, authorities have charged the couple with abducting the child they call "Maria." They appeared in court Monday and were remanded into custody pending a trial.
Authorities released photos of the child, possibly 4 or 5 years old, last week and sought public tips on her birth identity.
Kostas Katsavos, one of the couple's lawyers, told the Reuters news agency that they adopted Maria with the permission of her biological mother.
He conceded that the adoption was "non-legal." But he said he believes the biological mother will be located soon and will verify the couple's claims.
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