MAN GOES ON TRIAL FOR THEFT OF PRICELESS RELIGIOUS CODEX

Jan 19, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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A former electrician for the Cathedral in “Santiago de Compostela” in Spain, is on trial for the alleged theft of a priceless 12th-century religious artifact.

The “Codex Calixtinus” is considered to be the first guide – for Christians making the famous pilgrimage to honour St. James the Apostle.

Jose Manuel Fernandez Castineiras appeared in court in Madrid today – with his wife and son. Spanish authorities say they found the Codex in the man’s garage in 2012 – and recovered $1.4 million.

Castineiras’s lawyer is arguing that some evidence should be thrown out : including a confession by Castineiras – and a security video that appears to show him in a Cathedral office – stuffing money into his pockets.

The pilgrimage across northern Spain to the Cathedral was inspired by the reputed discovery of the Apostle St. James’s tomb – around the year 800.

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