Peru Group Jumps into Odyssey
The Association of
Peruvian Consumers and Users (ASPEC) requested
the Peru government to join the legal battle
between Odyssey Marine Exploration and Spain
over the sunken treasure trove of silver and
gold coins discovered last year.
Ownership of the 17-ton treasure found by
Odyssey in May of 2007 is worth several hundred
million, and has been hotly contested.
With the possibility the treasure came from the
Mercedes, a Spanish 34-gun frigate that left
Peru and was close to home before it was sunk by
the British fleet in 1804, ASPEC believes the
coins were made with Peruvian metals and minted
Jaime Delgado, owner of ASPEC — the Peru
consumer advocates group — commented in a
"…if it is found that these coins were minted in
Peru, with gold stolen from Peru, then beyond
international agreements, there is an ethical
and moral issue."
In an International Herald Tribune article
today, Delgado was also quoted as saying,
"This gold was stolen from the Incas."
Odyssey and Spain were in U.S. Federal court
just yesterday discussing the case before
Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo. No written
rulings or discussions from that appearance have
yet to be published by the court.
It looks like the legal battle may go on for a
very long time.
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