French President Nicolas Sarkozy has arrived in Libya a day after playing a pivotal role in the release of six Bulgarian medics. His visit has been touted as a sign of the normalisation of ties between the EU and the North African state. But it has emerged that Sarkozy was in Libya to sign a military and industrial partnership accord between Paris and Tripoli.
Meanwhile, three of the six released Bulgarian medics have been giving their account of what happened during their eight-and-a-half-year incarceration. While the others did not feel strong enough to face the press, those who did tried to avoid questions about their alleged torture in favour of what nurse Kristina Valtcheva described as the best moment of the ordeal. “I learnt about our release from the prison warden, then I went to find my friends to share the wonderful news,” she said. “We had our doubts at first but they did not last long. Soon we learnt that nothing could prevent our release,” she added.
Meanwhile, families of the children infected with HIV have condemned the medics release and pardon. They want Interpol to re-arrest them. The foreign medics were convicted of deliberately injecting 438 children with HIV-tainted blood. Fifty-six of them have since died.