‘BURIED DEAD MAN’ TURNS UP ALIVE

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A MAN who was thought to be dead turned up at his fam­ily’s home two months af­ter they ap­par­ently buried him.

Ai­gali Supy­galiev (left), from Kaza­khstan, was pro­nounced dead af­ter DNA tests on badly burned hu­man re­mains proved with “99.2% cer­tainty” that they were his.

Au­thor­i­ties is­sued an of­fi­cial death cer­tifi­cate and he was “buried” in Septem­ber in the Mus­lim ceme­tery of To­marly, his fam­ily’s home town just north of the Caspian Sea port of Atyrau.

His brother, Esen­gali Supy­galiev, said: “We held a wake and the ex­tended fam­ily or­gan­ised a tra­di­tional ‘konil shai’ cer­e­mony, where friends can share tea and sym­pa­thy with the be­reaved.

“When Un­cle Ai­gali walked through the door hale and hearty two months af­ter we’d buried him, my daugh­ter Saule nearly dropped dead of a heart at­tack.”

Ai­gali, 63, had left home one June morn­ing and didn’t come back.

It turns out that he had taken up an of­fer of work in a nearby vil­lage from a man he’d met.

Once the work was fin­ished four months later, Ai­gali walked all the way back to To­marly.

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