Spain set to exhume ex-dictator Franco’s remains this week
21st October 2019
epaselect epa07865447 The El Valle de los Caidos Memorial in San Lorenzo del Escorial in Madrid, Spain, 24 September 2019. Spain Supreme Court approved the exhumation of dictator Francisco Franco's remains. The Spanish Government had passed a Royal Decree, 24 August 2018, to modify the Spanish Historic Memory Law in order to allow the exhumation of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco's body from the memorial. El Valle de los Caidos is a controversial memorial complex that Franco decided to build back in 1940 to bury soldiers of the Nationalist faction fallen during the Civil War. It was years later, before its opening, when it was decided that soldiers from both sides should be buried at the memorial that was finally finished in 1959. Franco has been buried at the memorial since his death in 1975. EPA-EFE/Angel Diaz
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The remains of former dictator General Francisco Franco will be exhumed on October 24, the Spanish government announced on Monday.
Franco’s remains will be taken from the mausoleum at the Valley of the Fallen complex outside Madrid and transferred to a discreet grave close to the capital by helicopter, according to the government statement.
The reburial will be attended by close family. Justice Minister Dolores Delgado will be present in her role as “First Notary of the Kingdom.”
A Supreme Court ruling last month allowing the exhumation ended decades of controversy over his burial place.
Franco led a far-right military dictatorship in Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975.