The fate of six overseas medics, condemned to death in Libya, is now to be decided by the country’s High Judicial Council when it meets on Monday. The five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor have been found guilty of administering HIV-infected blood to more than 400 children.
On Wednesday morning, at a five minute hearing, Libya’s Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence, paving the way for the government-controlled Council to act. The group had been working at a children’s hospital in Benghazi. Despite evidence which said the HIV outbreak had begun before they arrived there, they have spent eight years in jail. The case has been a major sticking-point in relations between Libya and the West. The High Judicial Council has the power to commute the death sentence, or even grant a pardon.