Politics | February 17, 2002, Sunday // 00:00

“I think that the decision of the People's Court of Libya is a very positive step, “ Foreign Minister Passy told “Our preliminary assessment was that it will be positive if serious sentences were not pronounced, as it happened. In the three years history of the case, this is the most positive development of the case,” he pointed out. To a question whether the medics will stay in the guarded house, Passy commented that the Bulgarian medics are in the house for now and it is not envisaged to go back to prison. Foreign Minister Passy emphasized that foundation “Qaddafi,” led by Seif al-Islam had special role for the success. “I would like to express on behalf of the Bulgarian government and people compassion to the Libyan people for the infection of 400 Libyan children,” Passy concluded. Bulgaria's foreign minister has had a phone conversation with Seif al-Islam immediately after the Court pronounced its decision. The lawyers of the Bulgarian medics in Libya Vladimir Sheytanov and Osman Bizanti were unanimous that the decision to take the case back to the Prosecutor’s Office is a good step towards positive outcome of the case. According to Bizanti the ordinary criminal court where the case will be tabled will schedule a hearing in one to two months. The Bulgarians looked much better at the hearing on February 17 compared to the previous hearings, dressed in official clothes, the Bulgarian National Radio reported. “We are very confused, we do not know what follows,” they were repeating. The relatives of the medics reportedly were disappointed with the fact that the case was prolonged.

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