22 Feb, 2012 @ 11:27
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Spanish treasure hoard finally coming home

A HUGE 380 million hoard of ‘stolen’ treasure is finally to be returned to Spain.

It comes after a US Federal Court judge rejected the Florida-based company Odyssey’s petition that Spain should pay 300,000 euros for storing the huge haul of gold and silver coins recovered from a sunken Spanish galleon.

The judge also ordered Odyssey to supply a complete inventory, all their records, and which chemicals it has exposed the treasure to.

The company, which has fought for years to keep the treasure, described the court’s decision as ‘a sad day for Spanish inheritance’.

“In the future nobody will have any incentive to inform about treasure they find. It will be hidden away, or worse, sold on Ebay,” a spokesman said.

A Spanish Embassy spokesman insisted the result was ‘of great satisfaction for Spain and good news for her cultural heritage’.

Eloise Horsfield

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  1. We all know where the gold and silver came from and how merciless the Spanish were with the indigenous people who they beat and flogged to death in the hundreds of thousands.

    Now, how much of these precious metals will miraculously disappear very quickly and no one will know who is responsible or where it’s gone – same old, same old.

  2. This is a really stupid judicial decision! The Spanish stole the treasure from the indigenous residents, and now those who went to such great efforts to recover the sunken treasure are supposed to give up ownership because of prior ownership centuries ago? This world has gone PC crazy!

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