Bodies exhumed and found in pieces in the maquis of the island of Corsica instead of being cremated: an undertaker was sentenced Tuesday in France to six months in prison suspended for “attacking the integrity of corpses” .
“I did not see the bones in the coffins… For me the coffin was empty,” said the funeral director during his trial in December, pleading good faith.
The case began in April 2022, with the discovery of seven coffins and human bones hidden in garbage bags, in the middle of a wild dump below a road in the village of Bigorno, in Corsica.
The gendarmerie’s investigation had then made the link between the bones and a request for exhumation made to a funeral director for a family vault in a neighboring village, in order to proceed with a cremation.
“Who filled the garbage bags? Who was aware of the content? Who knew what they would become? The versions diverge”, had launched the prosecutor at the hearing, on December 6.
She had requested a six-month suspended prison sentence, a fine of 5,000 euros (about 7,200 dollars) and a ban on practicing a profession related to the funeral.
The court did not follow it on the ban on practicing a profession related to funeral directors, welcomed Me Emmanuel Maestrini, the defendant’s lawyer, at the sentencing on Tuesday.
“The attack on the integrity of a corpse is in reality a professional fault, which was more civil than criminal”, minimized Me Emmanuel Maestrini.
He had requested the release of his client, already sentenced in another case to a six-month suspended prison sentence for extortion by threat or coercion and a one-year suspended prison sentence for breach of trust.
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