EU, NATO Decry Libyan Death Sentence on Bulgarian Nurses

Politics | December 19, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00
Bulgaria: EU, NATO Decry Libyan Death Sentence on Bulgarian Nurses AIDS trial defendants Kristiyana Valcheva (L) and Palestinian doctor Ashraf (R), as well as another four Bulgarian co-defendants heard Tuesday for a second time death verdicts. Photo by Middle-East-Online

The European Union and NATO denounced a Libyan court's decision to condemn five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.

EU spokesman Johannes Laitenberger did not rule out a decision on EU action against Libya.

The European Commission is shocked by this verdict and condemns it, Laitenberger told reporters. "The EU simply cannot accept this verdict."

Relations between Libya and the EU have been strained over a trial of six foreign medics.

Both Washington and the EU have repeatedly called to Libya to release the defendants in the lingering AIDS trial, saying they are innocent.

Bulgaria is due to join the European Union on January 1, 2007.

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