A Chilean court on Friday said it had prohibited global miner Anglo American from selling a 49 percent stake in its south Chilean properties, amid a dispute with state copper giant Codelco over the assets.

Codelco earlier this month said it had exercised its long-standing option to buy a stake of that size, but Anglo pre-emptively sold a 24.5 percent stake from under it to Japan's Mitsubishi, plunging the mining titans into an increasingly bitter legal battle.

(Reporting By Erik Lopez; Editing by Marguerita Choy)