Medical Workers Sentenced to Death in HIV Infection Case Were Tortured During Incarceration, Gaddafi's Son Says
August 10, 2007
The six medical workers released recently from Libyan prison after being sentenced to death for allegedly intentionally infecting hundreds of children with HIV were tortured during their incarceration, Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi -- head of the Gaddafi Development Foundation and son of the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi -- said Wednesday on Al-Jazeera television, the Washington Post reports (Moore, Washington Post, 8/10).
In related news, Bulgarian judicial authorities on Friday started questioning the six medical workers about their experiences in prison, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports. The country's Criminal Investigation Service announced that the medical workers had started to testify but did not release further details.
Bulgaria's prosecution services this year charged several Libyan officers with torturing the medical workers to extract their confessions and has said it plans to pursue the case. A Libyan court in 2005 rejected the lawsuits against the officers, the AP/Tribune reports (AP/International Herald Tribune, 8/10).
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