Statement on Judicial Review, 13 March

A spokesperson for the University of Leicester said:

We look forward to the Judicial Review and a final outcome to the case brought by the Plantagenet Alliance Limited.

The University of Leicester is committed to the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester, as stated by the University right from the outset in 2012 and underpinned by the licence granted to us by the Ministry of Justice.

The University of Leicester discovered the mortal remains of the King through the expertise of its archaeological work and subsequent ongoing scientific investigation.

We are of the opinion, and have put forward a convincing case, in line with the terms of the licence, that the King who was buried in Leicester over 500 years ago should remain in the city, and indeed in the very parish, in which he was buried.

It is important to remember there would have been no discovery at all without a combination of factors that focussed on Leicester – Philippa Langley’s Looking for Richard initiative,  the University’s plan for the dig and its expertise in the execution of the dig and identification of the remains, and  the fact that Leicester City Council had granted permission for us to excavate their land.

The University was the principal funder of the dig and the subsequent research identifying and analysing the remains, and conducted the exhumation on the basis of the licence that permitted reinterment at Leicester Cathedral.  We remain committed to that original purpose.

We continue to work in partnership with Leicester Cathedral and Leicester City Council for a reinterment of King Richard III with dignity and honour  in Leicester.

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