Excerpt from Philstar.com and Manila Standard Today:
Lawyer Sammy Estimo said the exhumation “was not done the normal way” and he raised a question on whether the body from which seven tissue samples were taken was that of Fischer...
“The exhumation of Fischer was not done the normal way. His coffin should have been brought up,”
Bogason wrote in his report to Estimo that “when the necessary preparations for the forensic doctors had been done and the lid of the coffin of Bobby was ready to be opened, a big tent was erected to seal of any possible view of the exhumation.”
The experts reportedly opened the lid of the coffin and took seven different samples from the remains of Fischer for DNA testing.
“After the experts had done their job, the lid of the coffin was replaced and thus the coffin itself was never removed or lifted to the surface,” Bogason reported.
Estimo said that the coffin should have been opened when it was brought to the surface. “This was to make sure that the seven tissue samples that were taken from the alleged remains in that coffin were that of Fischer’s. The procedure undertaken borders on the doubtful because the lot where Fischer was buried belongs to the family of Gardar Sverisson.”
Sverisson is said to be a close friend of Miyoko Watai, one of the claimants to the estate of Fischer, and allegedly has complete access to the area.
But Estimo said putting their case to rest is easier said than done.
“Indeed, the procedure undertaken borders on the doubtful. The lot where Fischer was buried belongs to the family of Gardar Sverisson, a close friend of Miyoko Watai, one of the claimants to the estate of Bobby,” said Estimo.
“He had complete access to the area, and in fact, Fischer was buried there in front of the church in an early January morning without the church pastor knowing it. Who knows what could have taken place there between the date of burial and on the days before the exhumation?”
Estimo said there could be other means to pursue the case but did not categorically say if he would push on.
“I never knew that this DNA matter will be the end of this case. What I know is there are alternative remedies, failing which, there is still the Supreme Court to go to,” he said in his e-mail to the Young’s lawyer in Iceland, Thordur Bogason.
“I will not stop talking to the media, and I will continue making stories about this unless you email to me the twin documents,” added Estimo of his request for a copy of the DNA results.
Estimo said as it is, the Targs may end up with the Fischer estate, but added that if only the chess icon managed to write his last will, it should have been a toss-up between Young and Watai, the women he loved most.”
Estimo's point and that of Bogason, was done through a lawyer's instinct of fighting back and retrieving one's pride. And I have to admit, it's a good one. A very good one. But Jinky's lawyers hypothesis might have been too late to salvage the case no matter how credible their point is. If they feels that there's something "fishy" going on, perhaps, they should have presented this "questionable" procedure and ask for postponement of the testing and wait another day.
Unfortunately, the way we see it, the case is closed, ladies and gentlemen.