Austrian customs officials recently caught a woman trying to bring human intestine into the country.
To their big surprise, she had legitimate reasons to do so.
A bag with a four-inch piece of intestine was found Sept. 8 during a routine check of a 35-year-old Moroccan woman’s luggage at Graz Airport. The intestine were the remains of her deceased husband, who she believes was poisoned by his parents shortly before he passed away.
The woman, who has lived in Graz for the past eight years, asked a Moroccan doctor to examine the body for evidence that her in-laws killed their son in protest of his marriage. The doctor agreed with her suspicions, and told the woman to take a small piece of the man’s intestine to Europe for testing.
The customs officials had never experienced a similar situation and called in police to decide if the woman was breaking any laws. Police spokesman Leo Josefus said it turned out to be perfectly legal to bring a sample of your dead spouse’s organs to Austria, and the woman was cleared to take the bag to a lab for examination.
“I would imagine that it was done by a pathologist,” Gerald Höfler, the pathologist examining the intestine, said of the package, according to The New York Times. “It was absolutely secure, triple wrapped, according to European Union norms.”
Results from the examination are expected early next week.
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