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Richard III Campaigners Win Legal Challenge

Richard III 3, copyright The Richard III Society

12:30pm 16th August 2013
(Updated 12:36pm 16th August 2013)

A group of relatives of King Richard III, whose body was unearthed in a council car park last year, have won the right to bring High Court proceedings to challenge a plan to rebury his remains in Leicester.

Many of his relatives want the body buried in York, claiming it was the King's wish.

A High Court judge in London has given permission to the Plantagenet Alliance to bring judicial review proceedings against the Justice Secretary and the University of Leicester.

Richard was killed at the battle of Bosworth in 1485 and was hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars in Leicester, which was subsequently lost during redevelopment.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, in granting permission for a hearing later in the year, said: "The archaeological discovery of the mortal remains of a former King of England after 500 years is without precedent.

"In my judgment, it is plainly arguable that there was a duty at common law to consult widely as to how and where Richard III's remains should appropriately be re-interred.

"I grant permission to the claimant to bring judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Justice and the University of Leicester on all grounds."

An online petition to get King Richard III buried in York currently has the support of 27,449 people. A similar one for Leicester is supported by over 8,000 people. There are more details on http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38772

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