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Nurses in Saudi May Get Pardoned

May 19, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ Two British nurses jailed in Saudi Arabia for the murder of a colleague will be pardoned by King Fahd and freed, Press Association reported Tuesday.

Quoting from a statement from the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Britain, Ghazi Algosaibi, the British national news agency said that the two nurses would return to Britain within days.

Deborah Parry and Lucille McLauchlan were convicted of the murder of Australian nurse Yvonne Gilford in August 1997, but have been in jail in the eastern Saudi town of Dammam since their arrest in December 1996.

Parry, 39, was convicted of stabbing Gilford to death but escaped beheading when Gilford’s brother waived his right to demand the death penalty in exchange for money, as allowed by Saudi law.

McLauchlan, 32, was found guilty of being an accessory and sentenced in September to eight years in prison and 500 lashes. The lashing has not been carried out yet.

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