Monk Caught Smuggling Nun's Remains He wanted to give her a better burial at Cyprus monastery By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Jan 18, 2011 8:01 PM CST 4 comments Comments File photo of airport luggage. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (Newser) – Bag checkers at the Athens airport turned a Cypriot monk over to authorities when they discovered a nun's skeleton in his luggage. The monk admitted digging up the nun's 4-year-old grave at an Athens cemetery so he could bring her remains back to his monastery in Cyprus, reports Huffington Post. The monk considered the nun a saint—though she hasn't been officially recognized as such—and said she deserved a better burial. The monk and two accomplices were allowed to return to Cyprus after pleading not guilty to defiling a deceased person. The leader of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian church called it "sacrilege," and the monk has been suspended from his religious duties.