An explorer can keep $84,000 worth of jewelry he found on Mont Blanc after a court found in his favor, The Times reported Thursday.
Santiago Pérez of Spain has lived in exile for the past 13 years after helping Englishman Richard Blackstone on a hiking trip, although he had not previously been charged with a crime and had never appeared in court.
During the 2001 trip to the eastern tip of the world’s highest mountain, Pérez found a charm medallion, a compass, a pocket watch, a gold coin and a recipe book from 1395.
Hervé Verdechel of France filed a lawsuit in November 2012 and later served a notice that he would “treat” Pérez for trespassing in the country. French authorities eventually filed a lawsuit against Pérez in Paris to recover the jewelry in France.
Last year, a New Jersey judge found in favor of the Spaniard. According to the Times, the French court filed a retraction stating that it will “refrain from any further action against plaintiff Santiago Pérez.”