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Family allowed to spread dead man's ashes in Sweden and Switzerland

Published torsdag 18 juli 2013 kl 17.43

Relatives of a deceased man have won a legal battle over the right to spread his ashes in Sweden and Switzerland.

Local newspaper Mitt i reports that the man, who was born in Switzerland, wanted half of his ashes to be spread in a remembrance garden in Solna, a northern Stockholm suburb, and the other half in a remembrance garden in Switzerland.

The county administrative board ruled that such a wish must be religiously-motivated in order to be granted. The family appealed the decision to the administrative court, but once more got a negative response.

Now, the administrative court of appeal has finally granted the family the right to spread the man's ashes in Sweden and Switzerland, stating that the man had strong ties to his native country.

"These kinds of cases occur now and again, but they are extremely rare. The principle is that the ashes should not be divided, but sometimes you have to rethink things," said district judge Jerry Eriksson.

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