More than nine million euros per child. A Libyan court trying six foreign medics has been told that is how much compensation should be paid to hundreds of HIV-positive youngsters, amid claims they were deliberately infected. It is the first time since the retrial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor began that lawyers have demanded a payout. As video evidence was screened, police witnesses who carried out searches at the defendants’ homes, claimed samples of the HIV virus were found. The accused, who deny the charges against them, have been detained since 1999 but the Bulgarian President, speaking to EuroNews, hopes the case will now have a swift conclusion.
Georgi Parvanov said direct dialogue had been established with the leadership of the Libyan government. He expressed the hope and expectation that a fair decision will be reached in weeks or months but no later – so that the nurses can be welcomed home. Over 400 Libyan children are involved in the case – 50 of whom have died. The EU, US, Bulgaria and Libya have created a fund for them and their relatives. A previous trial of the six medics ended with them being sentenced to death. That ruling was later overturned, resulting in the current retrial.