Libyan Prosecutor Demands Death Penalty for Health Care Workers Accused of Intentionally Infecting Children With HIV
September 10, 2003
A Libyan prosecutor on Monday demanded death sentences be given to one Palestinian and six Bulgarian health care workers who are accused of intentionally infecting hundreds of children with HIV, Reuters reports. A civil prosecutor also demanded about $10 million in compensation for the families of each HIV-positive child. Although the number of HIV-positive children was previously estimated to be 393, the civil prosecutor on Monday said that the number was 426, according to Reuters (Reuters, 9/8). The seven health care workers, including two physicians and five nurses, have been detained in Libya since early 1999 on charges that they deliberately infected children with HIV through contaminated blood products.
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