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Vandals ruin ex-Hungarian leader‘s grave

Police have formed a 10-member forensic investigation team to track any missing remains.

The grave of Hungary's last communist ruler has been vandalized and his remains may have been stolen, officials in Budapest have said. Police are checking whether the body of János Kádár and an urn containing his wife's remains were removed. Graffiti reading "a murderer and traitor may not rest in holy ground" was daubed nearby. His supporters say Kádár set relatively high living standards but critics say his opponents were tortured and killed.

Police have formed a 10-member forensic investigation team to track any missing remains. The vandals removed a marble cover stone and broke into the coffin. Budapest police spokesman Endre Kormos told Reuters news agency: "It's a relatively small hole so it's possible they were jostled around and we just can't see them, but at this point it's more likely they were taken." Kádár and his wife, Mária Tamáska, were buried together at Kerepesi Cemetery in the capital. The graffiti was painted on a nearby memorial to communist workers. Kádár ruled Hungary for 32 years from 1956, when Soviet troops crushed an anti-communist uprising. He remains a controversial figure in modern Hungary. While opponents claim thousands of opponents of communism were tortured, imprisoned or killed during his regime, others remember him as Hungary's greatest statesman. (news.bbc.co.uk)