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DEATH SENTENCES OF BULGARIA'S NURSES CONFIRMED - Bulgaria and the World news the decision what went wrong with all this?... Read More

  1. by   dazey71
    Really makes me not want to go out there and help other countries. I think it is sad that it happened, but I doubt that the nurses went out there to infect people with HIV. I don't think Libya would be on the top of my list of places to go to help out...
  2. by   peterbul
    Join the Petition for freedom of 5 nurses and a doctor dishonestly arrested for 9 years in Libya...
    Petition is here
  3. by   GingerSue
    thank you for your concern and for the petition
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting today in Strasbourg, has approved the following statement:

    16:03 Fri 29 Jun 2007

    In a declaration accepted on June 29, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) once again said that the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for intentional HIV infection in Libya were innocent.

    The declaration also said that PACE was discontent with the situation of the five nurses, who have already spent many years in Libyan prison.

    PACE was very concerned about the outcome of the trial, the declaration said. It was going to follow court procedures and the final verdict issuing carefully.

    On July 11, Libya's Supreme Court is expected to pronounce final verdicts in the trial.

    The declaration said that PACE strongly opposed the unjust proceedings and the use of torture in obtaining confessions.
    Just and fair trial was a universal right that could not be taken away, the declaration said....
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    Horrible, horrible, horrible. Any way you look at it.
  6. by   rnmomtobe2010
  7. by   GingerSue
    again today Libya has confirmed the death sentence

    is it that this is about money?
    that first the families of the children wanted money,
    then other sources have said that the many of the families had changed their mind and were no longer insisting on money compensation

    now these medics may be executed, and there will be no money for the families either

    July 16
  8. by   TrudyRN
    For those who don't want to do foreign missions - understandable. But if God is calling you to that, you won't be happy unless you do it. If He is not calling you, you will be miserable - don't go.

    As for Guillan-Barre - could your father not have developed this no matter where he was? I had a coworker develop this right here in the good old US of A.

    Let's all sign the petition to try to demand fairness for these nurses and the medic.
  9. by   DutchgirlRN
    Libya upholds death sentences in HIV case
    [FONT=Geneva,Arial,sans-serif]Bulgarian medics Nasia Nenova (r), Snezana Dimitrova (c) and Palestinian doctor Ashraf Hajjuj, behind bars during their retrial in Libya. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

    Libya's supreme court today upheld the death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of infecting children with HIV, but there is hope the medics could still be spared.
    The health workers were arrested in 1999 and accused of infecting 438 children with HIV-tainted blood at a hospital in Benghazi, Libya's second city. They have denied the charges and foreign scientists have concluded that the epidemic was probably the result of poor hygiene.
    The nurses and doctor were not in court for the verdict, which was announced the day after a compensation deal was reportedly sealed with the children's families.
    There is optimism that the six could still be granted clemency by Libya's higher judicial council, which will meet next week to rule on the case, or see their sentences commuted to the prison terms they have already served.
    The EU commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who travelled to Libya last month aiming to secure the nurses' release, said she hoped for clemency.
    "I deeply regret the verdict of the supreme court confirming the death sentence for the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor," she said today. "I firmly hope that clemency will be granted to the medical staff. This should be done in the same spirit of mutual respect and humanitarian compassion which characterised the European response to the plight of the Benghazi children and their families."
    The nurses Snezhana Dimitrova, Nasya Nenova, Valya Cherveniashka, Valentina Siropulo and Kristiana Valcheva, and the doctor, Ashraf Juma Hajuj, have been in jail since February 1999 and were first sentenced to death in 2004.
    Optimism that the executions will not go ahead centres on a deal involving a multimillion-dollar international fund for healthcare to treat the victims.
    Libyan officials have said the families' acceptance of a compensation settlement was key to resolving the case. It would satisfy Islamic law and allow the death sentence to be withdrawn, they said.
    Vladimir Chukov, a history professor and expert on Middle East affairs in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, said the court's decision satisfied the relatives of the children and Libyan public opinion.
    "But, ironically, it could be positive for the medics as well, because it marks the end of the year-long judicial procedures. Their case is moving now on a political level and we hope that through negotiations it will end with their release," he said.
    European diplomats said last month they were "cautiously optimistic" that the eight-year saga could be nearing its end, paving the way for improved relations between the EU and the Muammar Gadafy regime.
    At the supreme court hearing last month, observers described the session as businesslike and less confrontational than previous occasions, though families of the victims protested outside, holding pictures of their infected children, 56 of whom have died.
    Neither Libya nor the European Commission is prepared to discuss the Benghazi International Fund, set up at the UK's urging. But the Guardian understands that it is now worth about $50m (25m), with contributions still coming in.
    Part of it consists of Libya's state debt to Bulgaria, which is to be written off. The money would be used to fund medical treatment in Europe, medical facilities in Benghazi and a national HIV/Aids awareness campaign in Libya. The families have received smaller sums through civil cases.
    Intense diplomatic activity has been going on in recent months, with a date for last month's hearing only set after a visit to Libya by Ms Ferrero-Waldner and the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
    Tony Blair discussed the issue with Colonel Gadafy when he visited Tripoli in May, and also met families of the victims. The US president, George Bush, appealed for their release on a visit to Bulgaria.
    The supreme court ordered a retrial for the health workers after an international outcry over the 2004 verdicts.
    The second trial ended with the same verdict last December despite a scientific report weeks earlier saying HIV was rampant in the hospital before the six began working there. Several of the nurses said they were tortured and raped to procure confessions. Two Libyans - a police officer and a doctor - were put on trial on charges of torturing them and were later acquitted - which led to the six medics being put on a new trial for defamation. They were acquitted of the charge in May.