BOSTON (AP) — The director of the Massachusetts funeral home where Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body was held says the family of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect had the right to bury the body as they did.

Peter Stefan said Monday he may not agree with how things were done when Tsarnaev was buried last week in Virginia, but it was legal.

Stefan’s comments come as a group critical of the burial says it wants the body disinterred and sent elsewhere. The chairman of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force called the burial “an awful sneak attack.”

Stefan says Massachusetts law gives families the right to bury their relatives, and they had a permit to take the body to Virginia.

Stefan says he would have preferred sending the body to Tsarnaev’s family in Russia.

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