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Libya Upholds Death Sentence in HIV Case.

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posted on Dec, 19 2006 @ 09:24 AM
A Libyan court has upheld the death sentence in the case of 6 foreign medical workers accused of deliberately spreading HIV infection at a Benghazi children's hospital. The six, 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor have always protested their innocence, while neutral observers cite fatal flaws in the prosecution . The six have one final avenue of appeal to the Libyan supreme court.
A Libyan court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting hundreds of children with HIV in hospital in Libya. The verdict, reached on Tuesday, has been widely condemned by the international community.

The defendants burst into tears as the judge passed sentence, while the families of the children in the case started to celebrate what they termed "a just verdict", singing and dancing outside the Tripoli court.

Defence lawyer Othman Bizanti told journalists that an appeal would be filed before Libya's Supreme Court within the legal time-limit of 60 days, in the last recourse open to the medics

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This decision can only hamper Libyan rehabilitation into the world community. Especially given the universal international condemnation of the case.
The defendants are merely scapegoats, selected to take the blame for far more serious deficiencies in the Libyan health system.
Libya has made remarkable progress in recent years, renouncing links to terrorists, abandoning WMD weapons and research and co-operating in the international community. It beggars belief that they would risk all that work, merely to uphold a face saving charade to blame someone else for their own mistakes.

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posted on Dec, 19 2006 @ 03:35 PM
Actually they found vials of infected HIV blood in one of the homes of the nurses. The evidence is actually pretty condemning. They should be punished for infected children and, in effect, killing them.

I think they should be hanged, not face a firing squad.

posted on Dec, 19 2006 @ 05:20 PM
A leader of a Bulgarian ultra-nationalist party, Siderov, wants Bulgaria to cut diplomatic relations with Libya. He organized a protest in front of the Libyan embassy and more than 30 people showed up. They promised to come back tomorrow to protest again. Siderov suggested that the police should arrest five Libyans, hold them hostage and then exchange them with the Bulgarian nurses in Libya.

Sofia News Agency: Nationalist Leader: Bulgaria Must End Diplomatic Ties with Libya

The leader of ultra-nationalist party Ataka Volen Siderov called for putting an end to Bulgaria's diplomatic relations with Libya after it confirmed the death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor.

Siderov organized Tuesday a fervent protest in front of the Libyan Embassy in Sofia, where more than 30 people turned up, chanting "killers" and promising to be back tomorrow.

Siderov offered Bulgarians to besiege the Libyan Embassy in Sofia and the police to arrest five Libyans, hold them hostage and when the time comes, hand them over in an exchange for the Bulgarian nurses.

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posted on Dec, 19 2006 @ 05:23 PM
So how did these children get infected? Did the nurses actually inject the HIV into them, or use tools that contained blood with HIV still in it?

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posted on Dec, 19 2006 @ 07:02 PM
Some say the nurses cannot be blamed for this. Reuse of unsterilised needles was "routine", the AIDS outbreak started at least a year before the Bulgarian nurses arrived to Libya and continued after they were arrested.

The Economist: Death to the Nurses

19 December 2006

No fewer than three reports by distinguished foreign AIDS specialists have cast doubt on whether the nursing staff should be blamed. French, Swiss and Italian experts noted that the AIDS outbreak started at least a year before the accused nurses arrived in Libya and continued after their arrest. More than half the blood samples taken from HIV-infected children showed they had also been infected with other diseases.

The obvious likely culprit was re-use of unsterilised needles, a practice that other workers at the same hospital say was routine.

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posted on Dec, 19 2006 @ 08:08 PM
I don't know wether or not this was intentional but thats really horrible those children are going to die sooner rather then later. What a nightmare.
Those professionals should have known better. I wonder had it been the doctor and nurses children that became infected what they would have thought of such a thing.


posted on Mar, 8 2007 @ 09:16 PM
Wow. Maybe those vials were planted in their homes? THink about it maybe. Why would BULGARIAN nurses want to INFECT innocent children? Why would Bulgaria even care? Do you know that Libya is under dictatorship? Khadafi? Yes. He's listed as one of the top 10 worst dictators of all time.

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