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Late Burundi king's remains re-interred in Switzerland

Associated Press logo Associated Press 30/06/2017

GENEVA — After a long legal battle, the remains of a former Burundian king who died in 1977 have been re-buried near Geneva after a Swiss court ruled that he deserves to rest in peace in Switzerland as he had wished.

In a small ceremony, the remains of King Mwambutsa IV were reinterred Friday in the suburb of Meyrin.

It comes more than five years after they were dug up and placed in an undertaker's custody as part of a legal case brought by proponents of a return of the remains to Burundi.

A Swiss federal court decision in April rejected efforts, supported by the government of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, to have the remains sent back.

Government officials in Burundi declined to comment.

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This version corrects to spell the name of the late monarch to Mwambutsa.

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