Libya-Jailed Bulgarian Medics to Sign Pardon Claim

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Bulgaria: Libya-Jailed Bulgarian Medics to Sign Pardon Claim Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin (L) announced Libya-jailed medics will sign Saturday a pardon claim to be submitted before the High Judicial Council. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

The five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor on a death row in Libya are expected to sign Saturday a pardon claim, which will be submitted to the High Judicial Council, Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin announced.

The document will be presented to the law body two days before the sitting, at which it is to take the final decision on the medics' fate, confirming or rejecting their death sentences.

Minister Kalfin refused to reveal more details on the deal with the relatives of the HIV infected children.

The official said only that the Bulgarian side has not stepped off its position. It claims the defendants should not pay compensations, as they are not guilty.

The nurses and the doctor, who has already received a Bulgarian citizenship, will probably sign a declaration, reading they would not make any demands to Libya.

"That is a practice in such cases," Minister Kalfin explained.
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