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Spain: Church electrician arrested as stolen medieval book is found

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Spain: Church electrician arrested as stolen medieval book is found

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Police have found a priceless medieval religious manuscript stolen from a church in northwest Spain one year ago.

The Codex Calixtinus is a 12th century text made up of a collection of sermons and religious writings.

It had been kept in a safe in Santiago de Campostela Cathedral and is considered an important part of Spain’s cultural and religious heritage.

An electrician who worked at the cathedral has been arrested after police found the codex in the garage of a house he owns. His wife, son and another woman are also being detained.

Eight copies of the codex and other religious texts from the cathedral, as well as 1.2 million euros in cash, were discovered in another residence belonging to the electrician.

Spanish newspapers claim the man in his early 60s attended mass at Santiago de Campostela cathedral everyday.