Italy's Iceman mummy court-battle settled

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A 14 year legal battle over the reward for finding Italy's famous Iceman mummy is to be settled with an out of court 70,000 pound payment, it has emerged.

According to reports in the Italian media the local authorities are ready to give German couple Helmut and Erika Simon, who found the 5,000 year old mummified corpse a "generous" settlement to end the ongoing court battle.

Since his discovery in 1991 the Iceman has been subject to many legal battles with Austria and Italy disputing ownership as it was found in the Dolomites virtually on the border between both countries.

In the end it was declared Italian by virtue of just 15ft but then the Simons also launched a battle to claim part of the cash the mummy generates in tourism.

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