U.S. congressman seeks investigation of art exhibit

Friday, June 25, 2010 | 8:41 a.m. CDT; updated 11:36 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 25, 2010

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis-area congressman is asking the state to investigate whether a planned exhibit of dead bodies from China at the St. Louis Galleria violates any state laws.

KMOX Radio reports that Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin made the request in a letter to Attorney General Chris Koster. Akin has also filed legislation to bar preserved human remains from entering the U.S. from China.

The bodies are used in anatomy exhibits featuring human cadavers.

A group representing St. Louis-area practitioners of Falun Gong has sent a letter to the Galleria's parent company, saying it is "highly possible" some of the bodies may be those of political prisoners executed by the Chinese communist regime.

The Galleria says the planned October exhibit is still on for now.

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