Undertakers removed the body during a ceremony in Ghana while family members watched on in horror.
In the disturbing video, the men can be seen ripping the dead relative from the white casket.
The body, clad in a suit and white gloves, is then marched off into the distance on the men’s shoulders.
The shocking incident allegedly took place over a £27 fine
We took the body out of the coffin in an attempt to bring it back to the mortuary
The undertakers carried out of the distressing act moments before the deceased man was due to be lowered into the ground at Tema Community Nine Cemetery on Saturday.
According to local media, the men were from a local mortuary firm and had seized the body over an alleged unpaid £27 bill to dress the corpse.
One of the angry men from the company said the family had “run away” with the body without paying the full undertaker fees.
The undertakers can be seen removed the body from a white coffin
He told Citi News: “The undertaker who dressed the body, charged the bereaved family GHc 150 for dressing their body.
“But the family decided to run away with the body after the undertaker had dressed it. So we got wind of the incident and got angry hence our action at the cemetery.
“We took the body out of the coffin in an attempt to bring it back to the mortuary for safe keep until such time the money was paid.
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According to local media, the body was later released after the fine was paid
The footage shows an empty white casket after the body has been removed
“Some sympathisers intervened later and paid us a negotiable amount of one hundred Ghana cedis which we accepted and allowed them to have the body for burial.”
He told reporters had been a rise in the number of families taking advantage of the service.
He added the funeral directors took the shocking action to serve as a warning to families looking to get away without paying costs.
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