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Legal test for burial of Richard III

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The legal process of challenging the University of Leicester's exhumation licence linked to the remains of Richard III is expected to begin this week.

A group of individuals calling themselves the Plantagenet Alliance has sought legal advice aimed at quashing the Ministry of Justice certificate obtained by university archaeologists last year.

The exhumation licence gives the university the power to reinter the bones wherever it chooses – which will be Leicester Cathedral.

The Alliance's ultimate aim is to have the remains of Richard III taken to York and reinterred at York Minster.

However, they must first convince the High Court, in London, that the case should be heard.

Matthew Howarth, partner and head of commercial litigation at Gordons, which is acting on behalf of the Plantagenet Alliance, said: "I expect that we will not get a decision at this permission stage for several weeks."

A spokesman for the University of Leicester said it did not recognise that Richard III had any living descendents and therefore refuted the claim.

Legal test for burial of Richard III


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