REUTERS: BULGARIA HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FATE OF THE MEDICS IN LIBYA

Politics | February 15, 2002, Friday // 00:00

On Sunday, the Bulgarian medics, charged with intentionally infecting Libyan children with HIV may be sentenced to death, for the first time when Libya can give a death sentence to foreigners, Reuters reported. The hearing on Sunday will be the first one after the medics have been moved from prison to a guarded house – a change, appreciated by the Bulgarian politicians, the agency clarified. “At this stage, the situation seems good but we should not be hyper optimists. The case has not ended, “ Reuters reported, quoting a statement of Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Passy. The human rights group with Amnesty International also started acting, according to Reuters. The agency quotes the observer of the organization in South Africa according to whom: “We hail the moving of the defendants from prison to a guarded house; still we are concerned with the possibility for death sentences.” In a separate development, the relatives of the medics received visas for Libya, Foreign Minister Passy met with the relatives and later during the day the relatives left for Tripoli. Passy also met with Lybia's ambassador to Bulgaria; no statements were made after the meeting.

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