Court case resolved after 82 years

2013-07-15 21:42

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Malta - A property case filed in a Maltese court in 1931 was settled on Monday in what could be one of the longest, most dragged-out legal cases on record.

The case was decided after the parties reached a compromise, earning the applause of the judge who said they had used "good sense" after so many years.

The dispute over a property now worth millions had its origins in a will drawn up by a noble, Arcangelo Calleja, in 1761.

It was intended to establish the succession to Calleja's property among the nobility of Malta. It was unclear why it took 170 years until the will was contested.

Judge Silvio Meli said the case was a complicated one and had become more difficult by the numerous parties involved in it as the original members died and their inheritance divided among various heirs. No less than 15 pages of the judgement contained only the names of the parties to the suit.

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