Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death

A Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death on Tuesday for deliberately infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus that causes AIDS.
The five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor will appeal against their conviction on charges of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus, the main defence lawyer said on Tuesday.

"We will launch an appeal against the verdict to the supreme court," the lawyer, Othman Bizanti, said.

Bizanti added: "We will study the verdict and find out whether there's errors or misunderstanding of the facts."

"My first reaction is great disappointment. I am shocked by this kind of decision ... I strongly hope that somehow the Libyan authorities will rethink this decision. I wonder whether there is a concrete possibility of annulling this decision taken by the court ... otherwise it is an obstacle for our cooperation", said EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini.

Bulgaria condemned death sentences imposed by a Libyan court on Tuesday against five of its nationals and a Palestinian doctor.

Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin called the decision "deeply disappointing."

Source: Reuters

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