Libya: Sarkozy, Royal Use Jailed Bulgarian Nurses for Political Purposes

Politics | April 27, 2007, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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French presidential candidates Sarkozy and Royal are using the case of the death sentenced Bulgarian nurses for the purpose of their pre-election campaigns, a Libyan official said Friday.

Abdelati Obeidi, the head of "Europe" Department of Libya's Foreign Ministry, labelled the runners' statements as "a pre-election publicity".

Libya's reaction comes as a result of the Thursday meetings of Sarkozy and Royal with the relatives of the five nurses, who are jailed at Judeida prison for more than eight years.

The two French presidential candidates assured the medics' release will be a priority in their country's policy.

Sarkozy underlined the five nurses and the Palestinian doctor should not be left in the lurch and this violation of the human rights must be put to an end.

He called the trial against the nurses and the Palestinian doctor "outrageous" on March 8, the International Women's Day.

The five nurses and the Palestinian doctor are behind bars on bogus charges of intentionally spreading HIV in a children's hospital in Benghazi. They have twice been sentenced to death already and will appeal their sentence May 18.
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