Greek court questions where would be best for ‘Maria’

A court in Larissa, central Greece, on Tuesday questioned the Bulgarian Embassy’s second secretary, Lubomir Georgiev, about what conditions a young girl known as Maria who was found at a Roma camp in Farsala last year would be brought up in if she were taken to Bulgaria.

DNA tests have determined that Maria was born to a Roma woman from Bulgaria and the country has asked to take custody of the 4-year-old.

Greek charity The Smile of the Child has also asked to adopt Maria.

The court is due to make a decision in the next few days.