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UN court orders Australia not to use documents and data seized from East Timor lawyer
Associated Press
2014-03-03 11:42 PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The United Nations' highest court has banned Australia from making any use of documents it seized from a lawyer working for East Timor in an arbitration case over a multibillion-dollar oil and gas deal between the two nations.

The International Court of Justice on Monday also 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 northern neighbor.

The orders came after Australian agents raided the Canberra office of a legal adviser to East Timor and seized documents and data in December.

East Timor went to the world court arguing the seizure was illegal. Monday's orders did not address that claim, which will be litigated later.

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