Politics | February 18, 2002, Monday // 00:00

Six Bulgarian medics accused of infecting nearly 400 children with HIV-contaminated blood in a Libyan hospital have had their case downgraded by a judge. The one doctor and five nurses had faced trial in a people's court in Libya, which is reserved for cases that allegedly threaten state security or involves acts of sabotage. But presiding judge Ibrahim Abu Shinaf said on Sunday that the case against the group would be sent to the prosecutor's office which would likely mean they now face a criminal court, which carries potentially lighter sentences. The six Bulgarians have been on trial for two years on charges of murder and conspiracy. They have pleaded innocent to injecting 393 children with HIV contaminated blood at Al-Fateh hospital in Benghazi, Libya.

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