Delay in Libya's Indemnity Case against Bulgarians

Politics | February 13, 2005, Sunday // 00:00

A Southern Libyan court rescheduled for March 20 the hearing of the two civil indemnity claims, filed by families of infected Libyan children in the HIV trial against the Bulgarian medics there.

Relatives of the two twin sisters, who died of AIDS, are demanding 10 million Libyan dinars.

The civil indemnity claims against the Bulgarian nurses were tabled in the middle of December last year.

Bulgarian diplomats are scheduled to meet Sunday the Bulgarian nurses, who are at locked up at the Judeyda prison in Tripoli, said Bulgaria's consul to Libya Veselin Pavlov, who attended the court session.

Libya found in May the five Bulgarian health workers and a Palestinian doctor guilty of having caused the death of 40 children and of infecting almost 400 others with HIV at a Benghazi hospital. The nurses were sentenced to death by a firing squad, sparking cries of foul from Bulgaria and its allies the United States and the European Union. The medics' confessions, which were extracted with torture, is the only evidence proving their guilt.

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