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Man exhumes remains to find his father

A 72-year-old Geneva man has had the remains of his father exhumed so that he could find out once and for all whether he is indeed the man's son.

This content was published on May 13, 2009 - 22:14

Scientists hope to run DNA tests on the tibia bones of the deceased man but they are not sure how conclusive the results will be.

The tests will take several weeks.

This is the first such case in Switzerland. The man, who was previously named as Andreas Jäggi, has been fighting since 1999 to have the remains exhumed in an attempt to find out who his father is.

The matter went to the European Human Rights Court, which agreed he had a right to find out.

Jäggi learned of his father from his mother rather late in life. His father's family had apparently rejected him because he was an illegitimate child. The father died in 1976.

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