Libyan Judges to Hand Down “HIV Trial” Verdict Next February
A Libyan court postponed its verdict Saturday in the case of six Bulgarians and a Palestinian, all doctors and nurses, charged with murdering children by infecting them with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The chairman of the panel of judges declared Saturday that a verdict would be handed down on February 17, 2002.
According to SPA, the judge explained the postponement was needed "to review the files of evidence further." The five Bulgarian nurses, a Bulgarian doctor and a Palestinian doctor have pleaded innocent to charges of murder and conspiracy.
Prosecutors charged them with giving HIV-contaminated blood to 393 children at al-Fateh hospital in Benghazi. Twenty-three children reportedly developed AIDS and died. (Albawaba.com)