Libya: Trade nurses for Lockerbie figure

Jan. 13, 2007 at 3:38 PM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Libya offered Saturday to free five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor on death row in exchange for a Libyan convicted in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.

The offer was reported by KUNA, the Kuwaiti News Agency.

The nurses and the doctor are charged with deliberately infecting 450 Libyan children with the HIV virus.

Under the offer, which KUNA said was sent to members of the European Union as well as the United States, the five nurses and the doctor would be freed in exchange for the release of Libyan Mahmoud Said al-Moghrabi, who is serving a life sentence for his part in the 1988 bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In its offer, Libya said Moghrabi could be released in one of three ways: He could be released after serving part of his sentence; he could be granted a pardon, or he could be extradited to Libya to serve his sentence there, KUNA reported.

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