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    NOVOSIBIRSK, January 21, 2003 (RIA Novosti) - A Novosibirsk court has postponed, till March 1, hearings of the case on illegal supplies of dead bodies to Germany. The decision was due to the absence of the defendant's defence lawyer from the court meeting.

    Police have charged Vladimir Novosyolov, head of the regional bureau of medical expertise. The court was to re-examine the case on Wednesday.

    In November 2002, after an 8-month investigation the court cleared Novosyolov off all charges. However, the local prosecutor's office managed to have the ruling reversed by the regional court of review and the case was returned for re-examination.

    The prosecutor's office says within 1999 and 2001, Novosyolov was sending dead bodies from local hospitals, through the Novosibirsk medical academy, to German professor Gunter Von Hagens, who supposedly made anatomic aids for students of them.

    The bodies have not been returned to Novosibirsk to date, according to the prosecutor's office.

    Hagens is known in the Western world as an avant-garde artist, who shows dead human bodies at his scandalous exhibitions.

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