Spanish justice desistens: definitive file and with anger of the cause against Oddisey

The provincial audience of Cádiz has definitely filed and with "anger" the proceedings against the company of Cazatesoros Odyssey, author of the Frigate Expol

Spanish justice desistens: definitive file and with anger of the cause against Oddisey

The provincial audience of Cádiz has definitely filed and with "anger" the proceedings against the company of Cazatesoros Odyssey, author of the Frigate Expolio of the Spanish North America of the Mercedes, from which they extracted a treasure valued at 500 million dollars , by the Tardiness of the USA to fill out a Rogeic Commission requested eight years ago.

In a self dated last July, which has had EFE access, the Algeciras section of the provincial audience of Cádiz dismisses the appeal of the popular accusation of the case, exercised by Nerea underwater archeology, against the dismissal and file of this Judicial cause, which began 14 years ago.

And thus gives the last battle against the expoliation of La Mercedes, within a judicial war in which Spain obtained that justice forced the company Cazatesoros Odyssey, from the United States, to return the treasure that had actually extracted from the Spanish frigate, sunk in combat against the English fleet on October 5, 1804 in the Atlantic next to more than 250 sailors and Spanish citizens.

The authors of the expoliation will not be judged because the proceedings against them due to the crimes of damage and smuggling have prescribed thanks to the fact that the rogatory commission was never completed that Spanish justice sent to the US to question those investigated, requested in 2013.

In the file auto, against which you no longer include, the hearing of Cádiz expresses that he shares with the recurring of the file "his strangeness, bewilderment and even emphasized by the, call it, unusual processing of this cause, at least since the year 2013, "when, after numerous research diligence, the Court of the Conception Line that has instructed a case, requested the Rogeic Commission to the US.

But it gives the reason to the dismissal decreed in 2016 by this Court, a decision that, before a resource, confirmed again in September 2020.

The audience estimates that "it lacks logic" to continue with the judicial process because the crimes that were imputed had a five-year prescription period that has been overcome.

"The truth is that since the Rogeratory Commission was referred, more than five years, without the investigated statement or person have been taken, so that its alleged criminal responsibility for these facts must be extinguished," adds the car.

In 2009 a Judge of Tampa (Florida) ruled that the treasure extracted from the Spanish frigate, in which there were 17 tonnes of silver and gold coins, was returned to Spain.

Updated Date: 20 October 2021, 09:46

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