French Lawyers: Intentional Libya HIV Infection Impossible

Politics | June 13, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Medics have never intentionally infected anyone with the AIDS virus, Francois Cantier, head of the French association Lawyers Without Borders (Avocats sans frontiers) has said for the media.

Asked by French 20 Minutes, Cantier explains that he is certain in the innocence of Bulgaria's nurses and the Palestinian doctor jailed in Libya for infecting hundreds of children with HIV. He said that all the experts believe that the infection did not result from deliberate actions, and that it was caused by poor hygiene in the Benghazi hospital.

Six innocent people will face the courts on Tuesday, Cantier maintains.

As lawyers our approach should be solely professional, so we wouldn't want to address accusations at the Libyan regime and justice system, the head of the association added. He explained that the country needed a couple of scapegoats, and the fact that they were foreigners made them an even easier mark. There were other reasons, however, Cantier added. He pointed out that finding the guilty ones when such dramas occur was too hard.

The five Bulgarian nurses, who have spent over 7 years jailed in Libya, will stand before the Tripoli court for the second time on Tuesday, after their case was returned for a retrial. The five were sentenced to death by a firing squad on May 6, 2004.

Lawyers Without Borders is the world's largest group of volunteer lawyers from around the globe who stand ready to offer pro bono service to worldwide projects and initiatives. The organization's goal is to provide legal support to Rule of Law projects and initiatives in the human rights and nation building sectors at low or significantly discounted cost.
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