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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Libya high court vacated death sentences in Bulgarian AIDS case
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On December 25, 2005, the Libyan Supreme Court disposed of the death sentences given to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who were convicted of infecting more than 400 children with the HIV virus in May 2004. Libya ultimately released the six medics following an agreement with the European Union (EU) in July 2007. Following they were pardoned by Bulgaria, the medics claimed that they had been tortured into confessing their alleged crimes. The Palestinian doctor, Ashraf Jima Hajuj, filed a French lawsuit against Muammar Gaddafi and lodged a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee in connection with the torture allegations.

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