Libyan Experts Reject French Doctor's Testimony on Hospital AIDS Epidemic
January 6, 2004
On Sunday, Libyan experts rejected a French specialist's testimony that blamed poor hygiene for an AIDS outbreak in a Libyan hospital, Bulgarian radio reported. Five Bulgarian nurses and two doctors -- one Bulgarian and one Palestinian -- face the death penalty if found guilty of infecting 426 children with HIV in a hospital in the northern Libyan town of Benghazi. Twenty-three of the children have already died.
The trial began in February 2000 and is due to resume on Jan. 12. All the accused have pleaded innocent in court. The Libyan police said two nurses and the Palestinian doctor admitted guilt, but the defendants told the court they confessed under duress after mistreatment by the Libyan police. According to the radio report, Libyan authorities have rejected their explanation.
Agence France Presse
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