[JURIST] Bulgaria's Justice Minister Georgi Petkanov said Monday that the Libyan trial of five Bulgarian nurses, accused of intentionally infecting over 400 patients with HIV in an attempt to discover a cure for the virus, should be finished by June 2006. The case was sent back to a lower court for retrial [JURIST report] by the Libyan Supreme Court last week amidst allegations by the defendants that their confessions had been coerced through torture. The health workers, detained since 1999, had previously maintained that the children were already infected with the disease prior to being treated, and have been vigorously supported by the Bulgarian government. AKI has more.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Libya high court vacates death sentences in Bulgarian AIDS case, orders retrial
- Libya court postpones verdict in Bulgarian AIDS case
- Libyan court clears police officers in Bulgarian AIDS case
- Bulgarian, Palestinian medics appeal death sentence in Libya
- Libya takes legal action against two more Bulgarian medics
- Libyan court sentences Bulgarians to death for infecting children with HIV