Libya sentences medics to death
A Libyan court has sentenced 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 quashed the ruling after protests over the
fairness of the trial.
The defendants say they are being made scapegoats for unhygienic hospitals.
Defence lawyers said the medics would appeal against the new verdict, expected to be the final appeal allowed under Libyan law.
The defence team told the court that the HIV virus was
present in the hospital, in the town of Benghazi, before the nurses
began working there in 1998.