Libyan Judges to Hand Down “HIV Trial” Verdict Next February

Published December 22nd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

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. ( 

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