Bodies exhumed and found in pieces in the maquis instead of being cremated: an undertaker was sentenced Tuesday, January 10 in Bastia to six months in prison suspended for "
harming the integrity of corpses
The undertaker, on the other hand, was acquitted by the Bastia criminal court of the charge of "
breach of trust
there is no prohibition on exercising a profession related to funeral directors
”, reacted Me Emmanuel Maestrini, counsel for the defendant, satisfied with this release for breach of trust.
The attack on the integrity of a corpse is in reality a professional fault, which was more civil than criminal
”, also estimated the lawyer.
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“They did anything”
The case began in April, 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 (Haute-Corse).
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.
And they did anything with the mission entrusted to them
, “said the prosecutor at the hearing on December 6, where the manager of the company and one of its subcontractors appeared.
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Against the manager, she had requested a six-month suspended prison sentence, a fine of 5,000 euros and a ban on exercising a profession related to the funeral.
For the subcontractor, she had asked for a fine of 5,000 euros.
A sentence followed by the court which sentenced him to a fine of 10,000 euros, including 5,000 suspended.
At the helm, the undertaker, already sentenced to a six-month suspended prison sentence for extortion by threat or coercion, and a one-year suspended prison sentence for breach of trust, had pleaded good faith.
I did not see the bones in the coffins.
(…) For me the coffin was empty
, ”he said.
The other defendant, a security guard by profession with a clean record, had assured that he had taken the garbage bags without knowing that there were bodies inside: "
I threw everything into the maquis knowing that this was not legal
," he admitted.
Defense lawyers pleaded for release.