Appeal for Clemency for the Bulgarian Nurses in Libya

Letters to the Editor | November 14, 2005, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

The Africans United for Taiwan (AAUT) has been closely following the Bulgarian Nurse Trial in Libya. The trial no doubt, demonstrates Libya's commitment to the rule of law, justice and human rights.

The accused Bulgarian Doctor and five nurses were arrested and arraigned before a lower court in Libya on a charge of injecting some Libyan children with the pandemic HIV/AIDS virus. They were convicted and sentenced to death. The fate of these accused now hangs on the outcomes of their next appearance, on Tuesday, 15th November 2005 before a High Court of Appeal in Tripoli, Libya.

We deeply regret the damage and psychological trauma that may have been inflicted on these Libyan children, their parents as well as the Government of Libya. We pray that efforts by the Authorities in Tripoli to get permanent cure for these children may bear fruits.

We understand the position of the Libyan leader, Brother Muammar Al-Qathafi who may not want to tamper with the Libyan justice system. But also, we do not believe that the quality of mercy should be a strange concept in the ongoing trial of these Bulgarian nationals. The chorus of appeals by world leaders for mercy to fall in the trial, like the rains that fall from heaven is a revelation of the much respect that Libya commands in the outside world.

The Prophet and Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) forgive the infidels who persecuted Him in Mecca. The Messenger of Allah (SAW), forgive also those who killed the Believers and as well who attempted on His Life through food contamination.

The call by world leaders for mercy to prevail in the trial worth its targeted goal, and we call upon the competent Authorities in Tripoli to show clemency and spare the lives of the accused persons. We appeal to the victims and their parents, and to all Libyans to forgive these accused Bulgarians as Prophet Muhammad (SAW) forgive his enemies. We call the Qathafi Foundation to extend its humanitarian gesture in the trial.

The application of clemency in the ongoing trial in Libya, of the Bulgarian Doctor and Nurses would not mean that Libya is abandoning principles. On the contrary, it would reinforce Libya's contribution in building a fair, just and humane international community. While the world awaits the outcome of the decision of the High Court of Appeal, we once again appeal to the competent Authorities in Tripoli to concede the chorus of international calls for clemency on behalf of the accused persons in the ongoing Bulgarian trial in Libya.

Alimamy Bakarr Sankoh
President of the Africans United for Taiwan (AUT).
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