Libya Denies Newest Evidence for Bulgarian Nurses' Innocence

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The newest research on the Bulgarian medics in Libya AIDS case, published in Nature Magazine this week, lacks any scientific value, claims head of the Association of the HIV infected children in the country.

Association's head Idris Laga said the research is absolutely irrelevant and the conclusions that arise from it are based on inaccurate and loose data.

Laga referred to an undisclosed Italian scientist, who had said the research is not exact.

Nature Magazine published a report claiming that there is new evidence to the innocence of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of causing a HIV pandemic in a Benghazi hospital.

Analyzing blood samples from 44 of the HIV-infected children, scientists have discovered that the outspread started in the hospital and the vicinity long before the six ever started working there.

All of the children tested, were also infected with a virus typical of the western parts of Africa. There are a lot of migrants in Libya from this region, the experts point out in their report.

Evidence proves that the children were infected due to long-existing viral control in the hospital.

The six medics have been imprisoned for nearly eight years. They are accused for intentionally infecting more than 400 Libyan children with HIV. A court in Benghazi sentenced them to death, but the case was kicked for a retrial in Tripoli.
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