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Libya high court vacates death sentences in Bulgarian AIDS case, orders retrial

[JURIST] Libya's Supreme Court Sunday disposed of the death-by-firing-squad sentences given to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed since 1999 and convicted of infecting more than 400 children with the HIV virus [JURIST report]. The case was sent back to the lower court for retrial. The six have continued to protest their innocence and said their confessions were extracted under torture. Bulgaria welcomed the decision [Reuters report] a week after an agreement was made between Libya and Bulgaria to set up a fund [Sofia Echo report] to help the families of the HIV-infected children. Reuters has more. The Bulgarian News Network provides local coverage.

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