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Nigerian Man Files Suit Seeking Exhumation in Effort to Prove He Is a United States Citizen

Posted Apr 23, 2012 8:48 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Nigerian man who says his father was a U.S. soldier stationed in his country in World War II is seeking to prove his parentage with a federal lawsuit.

The plaintiff, 67-year-old Alexander Vavrinek, claims his late father is buried in Alsip, Ill., the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Vavrinek is seeking a court order for the exhumation of Joseph Vavrinek, who died in 1981.

Joseph Vavrinek’s daughter is a defendant because she refused to approve the exhumation. Catholic officials are also named because the church operates the cemetery. Alexander Vavrinek says he needs the exhumation to obtain U.S. citizenship. The suit also seeks $100,000 in damages for emotional distress.

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