POLITICIANS HOPEFUL ABOUT MEDICS CASE IN LIBYA

Views on BG | February 17, 2002, Sunday // 00:00

"The decision of the Libyan court is an encouraging news. The case against the Bulgarian medics is indeed a complex one and this adjournment is an expression of the Libyan side's good will to establish the truth," Bulgaria’s President Purvanov said in a statement to the media. Parvanov says he does not question the objectivity of the Libyan prosecuting authorities and that he believes a new investigation will acquit the Bulgarian medics of the most serious charges.The Bulgarian head of state voices hope that the decision to relax the medics' detention regulations, which he described as a "really humane gesture on the part of the Libyan authorities",will remain in force. "I want to express my special gratitude to Mr. Seif al-Islam for his role as objective observer of the trial. I would be glad to welcome Mr. Seif al-Islam as my guest in Bulgaria," reads the statement.

The Bulgarian medics, charged with intentionally infecting Libyan children with HIV, will no longer be sued by the People's Court of Libya and the case will be tabled in an ordinary Court. Justice Minister Anton Stankov said that this was a good development since one of the heavy charges have been removed. “As far as I am informed the regime for detention measures has not been changed. They will still stay in the guarded house, “ Stankov added. “I am more optimistic about the positive outcome of the case,” he said.

“I am surprised with the developments on the case of the medics, “ Bulgaria’s parliamentary speaker Ognyan Gerdzhikov commented. “I expected a sentence to have been pronounced on February 17, I did not expect a bad sentence, “ he admitted. Taking back to the Prosecutor’s Office is possible according to the Libyan laws – in Bulgaria that is impossible, “ Gerdzhikov explained. The decision of the the People's Court of Libya means that in the investigation certain lapses have been made, according to Gerdzhikov.

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