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Experts say bones taken from grave of Hungary's communist leader; wife's remains also stolen

Experts say bones taken from grave of Hungary's communist leader; wife's remains also stolen

Some bones of Hungary's communist-era leader Janos Kadar and the urn containing his wife's ashes were stolen from his grave, police said Thursday.
Vandals on Wednesday dug up Kadar's grave and broke open his casket. Forensic experts arrived at the scene later in the day.
"They have determined that several bones are missing, Budapest Police spokesman Oszkar Sas said. He did not disclose which bones had been taken.
The vandals removed the tomb's marble cover and dug about 1.5 meters (5 feet) into the ground. They cut a 40-centimeter (15-inch) -wide hole in the coffin.
They also wrote, "Murderer and traitor, you cannot rest in holy ground," on a memorial to communist leaders near Kadar's tomb.
Party leaders have all condemned the attack.
Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany _ a former communist youth leader who has distanced himself recently from Kadar's regime _ called it an "abominable, inhumane and cowardly act" that had nothing to do with politics or with Kadar's political legacy.
Fidesz, the main center-right opposition group, and other political parties across the ideological spectrum also condemned the vandalism.
Kadar, who became Hungary's leader after the defeat of the 1956 anti-Soviet revolution, was in power until 1988 and died in 1989, a few months before the democratic changes.
He and his wife, Maria Tamaska, had been buried together at the Kerepesi Cemetery near the city center.
A special 10-member police unit was set up to investigate the crime.
Security guards who discovered the vandalism initially thought maintenance work was being done on the tomb, as hundreds of people had visited and left candles at the site on May 1, the Labor Day holiday.
Some Hungarians, especially among the elderly, consider Kadar a father figure who provided them with a better life in comparison to other communist countries.


Updated : 2021-02-26 04:21 GMT+08:00