Australia to comply with East Timor court orders
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Australia to comply with East Timor court orders

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says it will to comply with an International Court of Justice ruling banning it from using documents seized from a lawyer working for East Timor in an arbitration case over a multibillion-dollar oil and gas deal between the countries.

The United Nations’ highest court in The Hague on Monday ordered Canberra not to “interfere in any way in communications” between East Timor and its legal advisers in the arbitration or future negotiations on a maritime boundary between resources-rich Australia and its tiny, impoverished neighbor.

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis said in a statement Tuesday his government “is pleased” with the court’s refusal of East Timor’s application for documents to be handed back.

He describes the ruling as “a good outcome for Australia,” adding the court orders will be followed.