Nurses' murder trial adjourned

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The trial of two British nurses charged with the murder of their Australian colleague was adjourned for another week yesterday, amid disputes about the victim's closest relatives.

Under Saudi Arabia's Islamic laws, only the victim's closest surviving blood relatives have the right to demand or waive the death penalty. Deborah Parry and Lucille McLauchlan are accused of stabbing and beating Yvonne Gilford, 55, to death at the King Fahd Military Medical Complex in Dhahran in December. Frank Gilford, brother of the dead nurse, has demanded the death sentence. On Thursday, the nurses' lawyer said new evidence showed Mr Gilford was not an heir in his sister's will and thus had no right to press for the nurses' execution. Ian Burrell