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Angeliki Nikolouli Talks Latest Findings About Little Maria Found in Greece

Nikolouli_RomaThe Greek investigative journalist who has found more than 650 missing persons talks about Maria, the girl who was found by police at a Roma camp in Greece.
Angeliki Nikolouli, who has been twice included in the Guinness book of records for solving mysteries and uniting families with their missing loved ones, recently wrote two books based on the most famous crimes she solved. Her TV show, “Fos sto tunel” has been on air for 18 years, and its team focuses on missing people and solving crimes. The TV show has started its own investigation on the case of little Maria.
Greek Reporter spoke with Angeliki Nikolouli, about the progress of her investigation and rumors for child trafficking.
Is it true that Maria was born in 2009 and her Bulgarian Roma mother used to live in Sofades (Karditsa, Greece)?
Yes, this is clear from the evidence so far. At the moment there are two parallel investigations. One is the Greek authorities and Interpol for children who have gone missing abroad (as many parents from different countries are looking for their missing children) and the other, is to find Maria’s biological mother. The latter is probably a Bulgarian Roma, who used to live in the Sofades area of Karditsa and sold the little girl for just 500 euros when she was still an infant. We believe that she lives now in Attiki, Greece.
If the police find the biological mother and the DNA test proves that Maria is indeed her daughter, then the case for the two arrested Roma parents is over. But, in this case we must identify the mediator who brought the child to Greece. He may be the key to child trafficking in Bulgaria.

Is there a witness who knows Maria’s biological mother?

Yes, there is, and he has been interrogated by the police. He says that at that time Maria’s family didn’t have money to raise another child. That’s why they gave her up for adoption. Illegal adoption obviously…
What does the fact that there are more blond girls in Roma camps, mean for this case?
Many of those blond children could be a result of child trafficking from Bulgaria. The point is, is that the police should find the mediators who brought them to Greece, or to another country. From them we must try to find all the other people who are hiding. It’s not so simple, it’s not only about Roma, but police, lawyers, public servants and other people who may be part of all this.
The award-winning investigative show “Fws sto Tounnel” is live every Friday at 23:00pm on Greece’s Alpha TV.

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