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Family feud delays Venezuelan president’s burial

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

MIAMI (AP) — A judge in Miami has delayed the burial of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez amid a family feud over his final resting place.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Hubbart issued an order preventing a funeral home from burying Perez as planned Wednesday pending further orders from the court.

The judge acted on a complaint by Perez’s first wife, Blanca Perez. She wants him buried in Venezuela. Perez’s more recent wife and two daughters had planned to bury him in South Florida following a mass.

Perez’s daughter in Caracas told a Venezuelan media outlet that she hoped her father would be buried there, with his daughter Thais, who died 15 years ago.

Perez died Saturday in Miami. He was 88.