Bulgaria's President Wants Libyan Authorities to Intervene

Politics | December 19, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's President Wants Libyan Authorities to Intervene Bulgaria's President Parvanov (R) and Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev condemned the death verdicts that Libya passed on the five nurses and demanded that Libyan authorities immediately intervene in the trial. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

Bulgaria's president and prime minister condemned the death verdicts that Libya passed on the five nurses and demanded that Libyan authorities immediately intervene in the trial.

"We strongly condemn and reject the death sentences," President Georgi Parvanov and Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev said at an urgent press conference.

"The Libyan court once again dismissed the irrefutable proofs and covered up the real reasons for the break out of the HIV epidemics in Benghazi."

"We appeal to the international community to lend a hand and demand before the Libyan authorities to release the Bulgarian medics."

That was the first time that President Parvanov and Prime Minister Stanishev called the court case "compromised".

A Libyan court sentenced the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.

The medics have been in detention since 1999, during which time 52 of the 426 infected children have died of AIDS.

The nurses and doctor were sentenced to death in 2004, but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling after protests over the fairness of the trial.
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