Six foreign medics sentenced to death in Libya should learn their fate today when a top judicial body gives its ruling on the case. Last week the country’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict condemning the five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor. They have been found guilty of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.
The case is now in the hands of the High Judicial Council, which is controlled by the government and has the power to commute sentences or issue pardons. Yesterday a spokesman said the judges were delaying their announcement until today.
The six medics say they were tortured into confessing. Some Western scientists say negligence and poor hygiene were the real causes of the infections. EU governments are hopeful the medics will be freed after negotiations with the victims’ families.
While opposed to the idea of compensation, the Union has offered a fund to pay for the children’s future care.