SPOKESMAN AGAINST LIBYAN CASE LAWYER

Business | June 21, 2001, Thursday // 00:00

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Radko Vlaikov on Wednesday described as `ill-advised` a proposal which defense lawyer Vladimir Sheitanov made at Sunday`s court hearing of the AIDS case in Tripoli, BTA stated. Sheitanov invited 25 HIV-infected Libyan children to a holiday in Bulgaria at his own expense and at the expense of the defendants relatives. The Spokesman noted the strong reaction of the Libyan People`s Court to the invitation which sounded like a proposition for a deal, and the reaction of the other defence lawyer, Osman Bizanti, who described his colleague`s words as an `insult to the Jamahiriya` (the Libyan State). `This is not the first time that Sheitanov has made an unreasonable statement which is not to his benefit and, most importantly, is to the detriment of his clients,` Vlaikov said. `Before finishing his job in this case, lawyer Sheitanov demonstrated that, perhaps, he had not been properly prepared.` By Wednesday afternoon the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry had not received any official reaction from Tripoli, `but the Libyan authorities are obviously disappointed and bitter about Sheitanov`s approach,` Vlaikov said. The time of the relatives` visit, for which the defendants are hoping, will be announced later in the day. If the visit takes place on Wednesday, the relatives who are now in Tripoli will be accompanied by Sheitanov. On Wednesday evening Sheitanov is scheduled to return to Bulgaria.

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