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
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
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Evidence Why the trial is Flawed
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