Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Libya To Execute Bulgarian Nurses

A dear Bulgarian friend brough this story to my attention and then my eye caught the headline on the Reuters website:

By Lamine Ghanmi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death on Tuesday for deliberately infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

"Justice has been done. We are happy," said Subhy Abdullah, who daughter Mona, 7, died from AIDS contracted at the hospital in the town of Benghazi where the medics worked.

"They should be executed quickly," Abdullah told Reuters after the guilty verdicts were announced by judge Mahmoud Haouissa at the end of a seven-month retrial of the case.

The charges

The six were accused of infecting 426 Libyan children, more than 50 of whom have since died, with HIV at a hospital in Benghazi in the late 1990s. The prosecution had demanded the death penalty. The medics deny the charge.

The truth

Luc Montagnier, a French doctor who first detected the HIV virus, has said the infections were first present in the Benghazi hospital in 1997, a year before the medics arrived.

Moral to this story

Stay out of Islamic countries especially if you intend to practice evil Western ways (e.g. rational thought, modern medicine, humanitarian activity.)

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