Romanian authorities detain Nyiro re-burial organiser, find urn

Bucharest, May 26 (MTI) – Romania’s police detained Csaba Lukacs, one of the organisers of ethnic Hungarian author Jozsef Nyiro’s re-burial ceremony, who was on his way from Targu Mures airport to Odorheiu Secuiesc in a taxi, on Saturday.

The police took Lukacs to headquarters in Corund, and searched his luggage under a permit from Romania’s prosecutor general, and found an urn among his belongings, local police spokesman Filip Gheorghe said.


The urn, however, is empty, Lukacs himself told MTI, adding that importing the urn was but “an act of publicity” calling public attention to Romania’s “hunt for human remains”.


What is left of the late author “is not to be found in a car boot but in the hearts of people”, Lukacs said.


Meanwhile, Romanian authorities have suspended a permit for the re-burial ceremony planned in Nyiro’s native Odorheiu Secuiesc on Sunday, referring to incorrect data contained in the document.


On May 23, Romanian minister of parliamentary relations Mircea Dusa criticised the Hungarian government and parliament for its direct involvement in reburying Nyiro’s ashes on Romanian territory, an act that he said “would violate Romania’s dignity and its stability as a European nation”.


The ashes of the controversial author, who died in Madrid in 1953, were brought to Hungary at the initiative of the Hungarian parliament.


His urn is to be transported to Odorheiu Secuiesc, however, the Romanian railway CFR, acting on the instructions of the Romanian Foreign Ministry, has refused to allow the carriage carrying the urn to be hooked up to a train entering Romania.


Nyiro, a one-time Catholic priest and author of several popular novels on Transylvanian life, fled from Romania to Hungary and then on to Spain in the late 1940s after coming under pressure due to his radical views.