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Family of Franco launch appeal to European Court of Human Rights over body removal

Franco's relatives carry his body out of the Basilica of the Valle de los Caídos
Franco's relatives carry his body out of the Basilica of the Valle de los Caídos / REUTERS
  • The family believes that ministers ignored their wishes by moving the dictator's coffin from its ceremonial resting place at Valle de los Caídos

The government has "in effect expropriated the body" of Francisco Franco, violating the rights of his family to decide where it should lie. This is the viewpoint of the Martínez-Bordiú Franco family in a complaint against the Spanish State handed in on Wednesday to the European Court of Human Rights.

The family believes that ministers ignored their wishes by moving the dictator's coffin from its ceremonial resting place at Valle de los Caídos to a simpler site near Madrid. His relatives had wanted the coffin to go in Madrid's cathedral but were ignored. They claim that the decision to designate a resting place against their wishes has no precedent in Spanish law.