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Foreign health workers look set to escape Libyan death sentence

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39280.560995.D (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:115
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Death sentences pronounced by a Libyan court on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian intern accused of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV looked to be on the point of being overturned as the BMJ went to press.

    Relatives of the infected children agreed to drop calls for capital punishment in return for compensation of $1m (£0.5m, €0.7m) for each family, the Bulgarian television channel BTV said.

    A hearing before Libya's Supreme Judicial Council concerning the fate of the foreign workers had been set for 16 July, but it has been postponed twice. The Libyan government gave …

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