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    Default Does this apply in Singapore

    http://nation.time.com/2014/02/26/ca...ers-john-mary/

    What if you find this in Singapore.
    You Keep it or ?????????????


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    Default Re: Does this apply in Singapore

    You seem to have a poor memory

    Last time, you asked about metal detector and I show you a thread where an American found lots of stuff at Sentosa.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...metal+detector

    here is another thread regarding the legal issue

    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ot...singapore.html

    There is a Singapore law that states if you find a valuable item, such as a ring, you must make an attempt to find the owner if possible. It is the responsibility of the finder to show an attemopt to locate the owner.

    That said, if here are no markings that would make the jewelry identifiable, then this may not be possible. It's not an easy law to enforce, or to obey. However, if you find a ring next to a person on the beach, and they see it, they may claim they just lost it and the law will be on their side (I have never experienced this). I would keep all found jewelry hidden until after you leave the beach. That way, you can inspect it in private, and if there is a name or other identifying mark you can choose if you wish to make the effort to locate the owner.

    Bottom line - if you are caught with found jewelry and have made no effort to find the owner you are then technicaly guilty of the crime of "Misappropriation of Personal Property": with a possible jail term of 2 years. This is not a law that is too difficult to enforce, and the Singapore police I work with have never seen it brought up. They suspect that they would need to have a case where the owner of the said jewelry could show that not only the jewelry was theirs, but also that you KNEW it was theirs and kept it anyway. Only then I believe the police would bring a case against you, as there is no such thing as "Finders Keepers, Loosers weepers". If an object can be traced to an individual, they have the right to get it back, even if they left it on the beach a year ago!
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    Default Re: Does this apply in Singapore

    A California couple was out walking the dog around their property last year when they stumbled across eight buried cans
    My guess if it's your property/land, like in this case, quite clear-cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kandinsky View Post
    My guess if it's your property/land, like in this case, quite clear-cut.
    If someone prove that a thief stole the gold and hide in the couple's land. It will be different story
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    Unlikely to find treasures buried in the grounds in Singapore. We are all descendants of poor immigrants, isn't it? More likely to find unexploded WW2 bombs.

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    i heard this beofre: anything found 3 ft below belongs to ah gong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kandinsky View Post
    My guess if it's your property/land, like in this case, quite clear-cut.
    In some countries, all historical artifacts belong to the government. The owner of the land will get compensation.
    EOS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    In some countries, all historical artifacts belong to the government. The owner of the land will get compensation.
    Yup, I remember being introduced to this concept as a child in Roald Dahl's "The Mildenhall Treasure".

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    thank.

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