Spain: Church Electrician Tried for Theft of Priceless Codex

January 19, 2015 1:05 PM

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The former electrician for Spain's famed cathedral in Santiago de Compostela went on trial Monday for the alleged theft of a priceless 12th-century Codex Calixtinus, considered the first guide for Christians making the pilgrimage to venerate St. James.

Jose Manuel Fernandez Castineiras appeared in court with his wife and son. Authorities said they found the Codex in his garage in 2012 and recovered 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million).

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