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Wife, mistress dispute burial plot

A judge in Florida is tasked with deciding what to do with the body of former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez, whose wife and mistress are locked in a dispute over his burial.
Cecilia Victoria Perez, second from left, and Maria Francia Perez, third from left, daughters of the former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez, sit with with longtime mistress Cecilia Matos, left, during the funeral mass for Perez in December 2010 in Miami. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

A judge in Florida is tasked with deciding what to do with the body of former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez.  

A Tuesday hearing in Miami is expected to yield an answer whether Perez's remains should be temporarily placed in a crypt to allow more time to settle a family dispute over his final resting place.  

The former president died Dec. 25 in Miami, but left no written burial instructions.

His estranged wife in Venezuela, Blanca Rodriguez de Perez, claims she has the right under Florida law as his surviving spouse to bring his body home for burial.

But his longtime mistress, Cecilia Matos, contends that he adamantly opposed burial in Venezuela as long as his bitter political foe Hugo Chavez remained president.

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