BULGARIAN PRESIDENT PARDONS MEDICS
Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin read the presidential decree at the press conference after welcoming the medics back to Bulgaria.
"Certain of their innocence, in accordance with the powers vested in him, President Parvanov pardons the medics," Kalfin said.
The five nurses and the Palestinian doctor, who has received Bulgarian citizenship in the meantime, were allowed to leave Libya in the early hours of Tuesday, where they were jailed for more than eight years over accusations for the deliberate infection of 426 Libyan children with HIV.
The six medics are expected at the presidential residence in Boyana, where they will undergo a medical exam.
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Welcome Home! Free at last. We will never know the truth about the whole incident. I hope the medics recover from their jail trauma but most of all the real victims here- the Lybian kids, who have to live with AIDS for the rest of their lives. Interestingly enough, these BG medics were not sent to Lybia by the BG government, but were there on a private contract with a service provider company. IвЂ™m baffled by the fact the EU has to pay $400-800 millions of dollars for their release. IвЂ™m certain that if the same incident happened here in Bulgaria and 8 Lybians were accused of deliberately spreading AIDS to BG kids, The Bulgarian government would have done the same, as Lybia did, Jail the responsible ones.
Good job Gotse. I find funny that the BG officials were completely put aside from the final negotiations for the release of the medics. Either Mesdames Sarkozy and Ferrero-Waldner were rightfully afraid that our guys will mess the things up or the Libyans were so disgusted to talk with our officials (which is understandable) that the Europeans said to the Bulgarians "Laissez-nous faire".