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General: Spain investigates possible crime of heritage theft by Odyssey

Posted on 23.05.2007 - 22:00 EDT in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Spain investigates possible crime of heritage theft by OdysseyOdyssey Marine Exploration revealed on Friday they had found hundreds of thousands of colonial-era silver and gold coins worth an estimated US$500 million (euro371 million) from a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Spanish government has requested the Civil Guard to investigate if there is a possible crime of theft of Spanish heritage by U.S company Odyssey following the announcement that they have found the history's richest sunken bounty, news reports said on Sunday.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, based in Tampa, Fla., revealed on Friday they had found hundreds of thousands of colonial-era silver and gold coins worth an estimated US$500 million (euro371 million) from a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Culture Ministry said they found it "suspicious" that the U.S company did not release any details about the ship or the wreck site when they made the announcement, the national news agency Efe reported.

Odyssey cited security concerns for not providing those details and says the site is beyond the territorial waters or legal jurisdiction of any country.

Earlier this year, Odyssey won permission from the Spanish government to resume a suspended search for the wreck of the HMS Sussex, which was leading a British fleet into the Mediterranean Sea for a war against France in 1694 when it sank in a storm off Gibraltar.

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