Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Libya lifts Bulgarian nurse death sentences

From a New York Times article:

Libya on Tuesday commuted the death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of having intentionally infected hundreds of Libyan children with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.

Libya changed the medical workers’ sentences to life in prison after the families of the infected children each received $1 million. The decision could pave the way for a deal in which the Libyan government transfers the medical workers to Bulgaria, where it is probable they would be released.
I had written about this last week. While I am very pleased that Libya has finally lifted the death sentence here that does not in any way justify the torture -- both literally and figuratively -- to which these healthcare workers have been subjected. Nor does it justify the pain this ongoing injustice has imposed upon their loved ones.

Free the Benghazi Six!

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