Claims that five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were tortured in Libya are to be investigated by authorities in Sofia. A Libyan court sentenced the six to death on charges of intentionally infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus. They maintain their innocence, saying they were forced to confess under torture.
Sofia Prosecutor Nikolai Kokinov said there was sufficient information to open an enquiry, adding that it would focus on the acts of 11 Libyan officers. The announcement follows reassurances from a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that the medics will not be executed.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said a solution would be found soon to satisfy families of the infected children and save the six whose death sentence in December prompted an international outcry. The nurses’ lawyer says they will be questioned next month in a separate case against them in which they stand accused of slandering Libyan police.