Bulgarian Lawyer Optimistic about Tripoli Hearing

Politics | February 10, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Hari Haralampiev, a lawyer defending the five Bulgarian nurses in Libya, said Thursday that he believed in the Supreme Court's fairness.

"I have always said that I believe in justice, and that includes the Libyan justice as well," the solicitor told Sofia News Agency.

Haralampiev confirmed reports about March 29 being set as the date for the Supreme Court hearing of the HIV trial against the Bulgarians. Last May, they were found guilty of deliberately infecting more than 400 Benghazi children with HIV, and were sentenced to death by firing squad. The trial lingered for more than five years.

"Things happen slowly in Libya, and solutions often come in the very last moment," the defender told SNA.

Haralampiev explained that the Supreme Court could either hold up the death sentences or refer the case back to the Court of Appeals.

"The Supreme Court cannot acquit the Bulgarian nurses," he underlined.

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