October 12, 1997 in Nation/World

Man Shows Up At His Own Funeral

Compiled From Wire Services

Ahmed Ibrahim Awadh was supposed to be dead. A rotting corpse that washed up on the Mediterranean coast was identified as his.

So relatives were wiping away tears, and scores of people were sitting in a funeral tent recently in the north Egyptian port of Alexandria, mourning the death of Awadh.

The next thing, the “dead man” walked into the tent, looking fit as a fiddle, the newspaper Al-Gomhuriya reported Sunday.

No, Awadh had not risen from the grave. As he explained to his stunned family and friends, a thief had stolen his wallet and identity card. These items had been found in the pocket of the corpse on the beach.

The newspaper said once the mourners recovered from their shock, the funeral turned into a party.

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