Bodies of Nicolae Ceausescu and wife exhumed
Wednesday 21 July 2010
Forensic scientists exhumed the bodies of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena today at the request of the couple's family.
A team of pathologists and cemetery officials hoisted the wooden coffins of the Ceausescus out of their graves.
Officials took samples from the corpses and put them into plastic bags in a process lasting more than two hours.
The family doubts that the Ceausescus were really buried in Bucharest's Ghencea cemetery.
Son Valentin Ceausescu said: "We are closer to knowing the truth."
Ceausescu ruled Romania for 25 years and was ousted and executed during the 1989 anti-communist revolt in which more than 1,000 were killed.
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