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Spain sending military to get treasure

21 February 2012, 15:59

Spain will send hulking military transport planes to Florida to retrieve 17 tons of treasure that US undersea explorers found but ultimately lost in American courts.

The Civil Guard said on Monday that agents would leave within hours to take possession of the booty, worth an estimated €380m, and two Spanish Hercules transport planes will bring it back.

A federal judge has ordered Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration to give Spanish officials access to the silver coins and other artefacts beginning on Tuesday.

Odyssey found them in a Spanish galleon in 2007 off Portugal. Spain argued successfully in court it never relinquished ownership of the ship or its contents.

- AP

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