Ex-Venezuelan president to be temporarily entombed
MIAMI (AP) — A Miami judge ordered the body of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez placed in a Florida tomb temporarily amid a family dispute over his final burial site.
Circuit Judge Arthur Rothenberg’s order today comes despite objections from Perez’s estranged wife. Blanca Rodriguez de Perez wants her husband’s remains returned to Venezuela for burial. Today’s order was stayed pending appeal.
Perez’s longtime companion, Cecilia Matos, insists Perez did not want to be buried there with political foe Hugo Chavez as president.
Rothenberg’s order provides time to settle the feud.
Perez’s body has been kept in a mortuary refrigeration unit since his Dec. 25 death at age 88. He was Venezuela’s president from 1974-1979 and from 1989-1993.