A Maltese court has ordered the
country's Customs Department to return $5,000 to a luggage loader
who found the cash onboard an airplane in July 2000.
The Malta Times reports that when John Fiteni discovered the
cash onboard an airplane that arrived in Malta from Tripoli, he
promptly turned it in to customs... but when no one claimed the
booty, he asked for it back.
Customs refused his request, however, citing a law that made it
illegal to hold foreign currency.
On Monday, however -- after nearly six years -- the court
decided Fiteni had a right to the money, after all. No word on
whether Fiteni is entitled to any interest on the cash...