death sentence confirmed for the Bulgarian nurses

    The court in Tripoli confirmed on December 19 the death sentences of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian medic charged with the intentional HIV infection of more than 400 children in Benghazi.
    A death sentence was previously issued but in the end of 2005 Libya's Supreme Court ordered re-trial due to procedural violations.

    The December 19 court sitting was supposed to be the final in the trial. Lawyers of the Bulgarians can appeal the death sentences before Libya's Supreme Court in a 30-day period.

    Death sentences were issued on charges of intentional mass HIV infection. Previous charges of illegal currency trade and alcohol consumption were dismissed.

    Focus news agency reported that a translator was not present at the final court sitting.
    A crowd formed in front of the courthouse in the morning before the sitting took place. The parents of the infected children, as well as Libyan citizens rejoiced upon the issuing of the death sentences, Agence France-Presse reported.

    Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin said that the court decision was unacceptable and once again failed taking into consideration scientific evidence.

    Other means could be used to guarantee a fair outcome, Kalfin told Bulgarian National Radio. Bulgaria was going to continue doing everything possible to change the outcome, said he.
    the decision

    what went wrong with all this?
    Last edit by brian on Dec 19, '06 : Reason: added article content
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  3. by   grace90
    :uhoh21: That's pretty sad. I don't know all the facts, but it kind of sounds like the nurses and the doctor are innocent. That's the thanks they get for helping in another country.
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  5. by   sirI
    Post #3 merged with existing thread.
  6. by   Simplepleasures
    OMG! We are in a dangerous profession in a dangerous world.
  7. by   Indy
    Such madness does NOT help me in any way to want to help people in the form of foreign missions. Basically, if that's the way they're going to treat people, they can keep their HIV epidemic and deal with it themselves. This rant in person contains various expletives and such that are against the TOS so it's been edited.:angryfire
  8. by   GardenDove
    What went wrong is that they went to a country not known for it's human rights, or fair justice system. Libya is a backwards dictatorship, and these nurses were from a predominantly Christian nation that doesn't have very much clout.
  9. by   grace90
    Libya: Death sentences for foreign medical must be withdrawn - Amnesty International looks like Amnesty International is getting involved in helping
  10. by   bethin
    "On Dec. 6, too late for use in the trial, Nature magazine published an analysis of HIV and hepatitis virus samples from the children. Using changes in the genetic information of HIV over time as a "molecular clock," analysts concluded the virus was contracted before the six defendants arrived at the hospital — perhaps even three years before."

    I think it would be hard to prove when exactly the HIV was transmitted. Libya isn't exactly a foreign friendly country. And it isn't known for it's human rights and pristine hospitals. I've heard nurses that went there say that a patient's family member had to buy gloves for the nurses - if they had the money. Also, you bring your own bed or you sleep on the floor.

    Makes me (almost) think twice before going to a foreign country as a missionary nurse. Scary. Not a good way to get more foreign nurses into your country to help other AIDS patients.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    This petition seems to have been started in The Netherlands:

    Take Action to Free the Bulgarian Medics in Libya Petition
  12. by   mothership_2006
    It is easier to blame others for your short comings! In a country that is supposed to, "not" have an HIV problem, they can now state it was started by outsisders, its one helleva price to pay.

  13. by   Gromit
    Praise the Lord, but pass the ammo. My hat is off to those who wish to engage in missionary nursing -Ive spent enough time (6 years) in another country, under their laws -in other words, I wasn't in the military, and lived with the natives) and very little of my time was actually spent in any third-world countries -but what little time I DID spend in 'em helped to make up my mind that I would never voluntarily go back to do any work in them.
  14. by   PeachPie
    My father decided to do the work of God and do rescue work in Bangladesh. He contracted Guillian-Barre for his troubles. For this reason and many others, I could never go overseas into poor countries. My hat also goes off to those who do.