Temporary US crypt for Venezuelan ex-president

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Posted: Jun 30, 2011 5:20 AM
Temporary US crypt for Venezuelan ex-president

Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez's remains are being temporarily placed in a U.S. crypt while a family fight continues over his final burial site.

The body will be moved Thursday to the Miami crypt from a mortuary refrigeration unit. Tight security is expected and a judge banned the news media from the cemetery.

Perez died Dec. 25 at age 88. His estranged wife says she has the right to bury him in Venezuela. But his longtime companion in Miami says Perez insisted he would never return with political foe Hugo Chavez as president.

More than three dozen family and others from both camps were on an approved list of attendees.

Trial is scheduled in August on the permanent resting place. Perez was president from 1974-79 and 1989-93.