Court case resolved after 82 years
16 July 2013, 09:00
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.
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.