Bulgaria's Jailed Nurses Top MEP Ticket

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Jailed Nurses Top MEP Ticket Lawyer Vladimir Sheytanov (2nd right to left) claims the idea to nominate the death-sentenced nurses in Libya is a legally viable plan. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

The Bulgarian medics, tried in Libya in a travesty HIV trial, will be listed as the first six candidates for MEPs on the ticket of the right-wing party "Order, Rule of Law and Justice".

The political formation, set up before last year's presidential elections, turned out to be the only one to back the campaign for nominating the death-sentenced medics for MEPs.

"The medics themselves will determine the order of their names on the ticket, but the ladies will certainly come first, followed by doctor Zdravko Georgiev," representatives of the initiative committee that spearhead the campaign said.

Lawyer Vladimir Sheytanov, the first to defend the medics in Tripoli court, said the idea is a legally viable plan, but declined to give any details.

The existing legislation precludes Bulgarian citizens who have not lived in the country for the three months prior to the elections from voting or running for an MEP seat.

The five Bulgarian nurses have spent the past eight years in a Libyan jail and this prevents them from taking part in the upcoming May 20 elections. They have been accused of deliberately starting a HIV epidemic in the children's hospital ward in Benghazi.
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