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It’s the law

Jan Cizinsky, mayor of a district of the city of Prague, called Prague 7, in the Czech Republic, knows his duty under Czech law.

He is insisting that he has the legal duty to bury around 100 dead bodies and associated body parts, even though the bodies are part of a travelling exhibition displaying the plasticised dead. The exhibition is controversial: it has been alleged that many of the dead bodies that have been plasticised in fact are corpses of anonymous executed Chinese prisoners. The French Supreme Court has effectively closed all such exhibits, as has the Israeli Supreme Court.

Czech law stipulates that all dead bodies that turn up in a city be buried without delay and that they cannot be displayed without the prior written permission of the deceased. Armed with this, Cizinsky is after a court ruling to claim the bodies for burial.

Picture source: Robin Kirk