Terms to end Bulgarian nurses case

Dec. 8, 2004 at 7:08 AM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The families of Libyan children allegedly infected with AIDS by Bulgarian nurses are considering dropping the case in return for compensation.

The nurses are currently under sentence of death from a Libyan court.

Ramadan al-Fitturi, head of the Association of the Children's Families, in a statement Wednesday called on the European Union to transfer the sick children to treatment centers in Europe or build a hospital in Libya for that purpose in addition to securing necessary medication.

"The families should also get just compensation in return for dropping the case," he said, noting that the amount of compensation would be negotiable.

Bulgaria said recently that it opposed paying compensation on principle as it held the nurses were innocent, and that such an option was not under consideration.

A Libyan court sentenced six Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death last May after convicting them of intentionally transmitting the HIV virus to some 400 children.

All seven denied the charges, saying they were forced to make false confessions to Libyan investigators.

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