Charges for Removing Treasure

Date: 30/03/2010

A group of Tongan divers face charges after allegedly removing items from a 1853 shipwreck off the main island of Tongatapu. Police confiscated what are believed to be gold pieces from the Nuku’alofa homes after a tipoff when people turned up to dental surgeries wanting to melt down what appeared to be gold tubes measuring up to 12 centimetres in length. Shipwrecks found within the territorial waters of Tonga are government property.

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