Amid mounting anger in Libya over Bulgaria’s pardoning of the six recently-released medics Tripoli has called on Arab countries to review ties with Sofia. The families of the children the group were condemned to death for infecting with HIV have demanded they be re-arrested by Interpol.
Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi accused Bulgria of reneging on the deal that allowed the five nurses and one doctor to be transferred from Libya. He said it was a “truly dangerous precedent for judicial agreements.”
The medics have always maintained their innocence. Palestinian-born doctor Ashraf al-Hadjudj said the pardon reflected Bulgaria’s support for that claim:
“The Libyans must respect the decision of the Bulgarian President as much as the Bulgarian governmnent respects the decision of the court for the death sentence,” he said.
The death sentences were commuted to life in prison in Libya and the medics were returned to Bulgria in a subsequent deal under which Tripoli said it expected the group to serve out their jail terms.