Trial opens into theft of German van with coffins

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Three men have gone on trial in western Poland suspected of stealing a van in Germany that contained 12 sealed coffins.

The men were arrested in Poland in October and the coffins - still containing bodies - were found soon afterwards in the woods near the western Polish city of Konin. The thieves had apparently dumped the coffins after they realized they had unwittingly stolen a van that was on its way to a crematorium.

The men who went on trial in Poznan on Tuesday could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Two more men are wanted over the theft.

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.