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LIBYA. RULING DELAYED IN DEATH SENTENCE AIDS CASE

May 31, 2005: Libya's high court delayed a ruling on an appeal by six foreign medics sentenced to death for infecting hundreds of children with the AIDS virus. Judge Ali al-Allush said the case involving five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who have already been in custody for six years, had been put back to November 15 but he gave no further details.
The decision was hailed as encouraging by Bulgaria and the European Union, but both urged Libya to solve the issue urgently as the accused have already spent six years in prison.
Angry scuffles erupted outside the court at the judge's decision, with families of some children trying to get into the Tripoli courtroom and forcing officials to shut the doors to keep them out.
Chants of "Kill them or kill us" echoed round the building as security forces tried to control the demonstrators, some of whom vented their wrath against Othman al-Bizanti, the nurses' defence lawyer.
The six defendants had been condemned in May 2004 for injecting 380 children with blood transfusions infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Forty-seven of those children had died. The accused maintained their innocence. Two nurses and the doctor initially confessed to charges but later said police had extracted the confessions with torture, including beatings and electric shocks.
The European Union, which has warned that the case could harm relations with Tripoli just as the former pariah state returns to the international fold, called for a rapid resolution of the case.
"I welcome this decision. It indicates that the Libyan supreme court accepts that the original trial needs additional consideration and that the death sentence .. cannot be confirmed," said EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who visited Tripoli the previous week.
In Sofia, Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov expressed hope the delay "opens the way to a full investigation of the truth about the tragedy and a just solution of the case of our compatriots, in whose innocence we have no doubt."
"An overall and unbiased look at the evidence on the case will lead to an overturning of the sentence and the quick return to Bulgaria of our medics," he added. But Doctor Zdravko Georgiev, husband of one of the condemned nurses, told Bulgarian national radio in a call from Tripoli that the delay "was bad because they will have to spend another six months in jail." (Sources: Agence France Presse, 31/05/2005)

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INDIA. 7 PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF THREE
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VIETNAM. SIXTEEN DEATH SENTENCES UPHELD IN COUNTRY’S BIGGEST DRUGS CASE
CHINA. POLICE URGED TO STOP USING TORTURE TO MAKE PEOPLE CONFESS
ITALY. TORCHLIT DEMONSTRATION FOR MAJDA, A MOROCCAN WOMAN AT RISK OF DECAPITATION IN SAUDI ARABIA
SOUTH AFRICA. DEATH ROW INMATES WIN FRESH SENTENCES
INDIANA, USA. GREGORY JOHNSON, MAN WHO WANTED TO DONATE LIVER, EXECUTED
IRAN. MAN PUBLICLY HANGED
IRAQ. FORMER ARMY CAPTAIN CONDEMNED TO DEATH
EU. ENVOY PRESSES LIBYA OVER DEATH ROW NURSES
PAKISTAN. TRIBAL COUNCIL ORDERS EXECUTION OF TWO MEN
USA. SUPREME COURT DISMISSES WORLD COURT DEATH ROW TEST CASE
YEMEN. AMINA’S DEATH SENTENCE REVOKED
USA. SHACKLED DEFENDANT'S RIGHTS VIOLATED, COURT RULES
IRAQ. FIRST DEATH SENTENCES IN THE COUNTRY FOR INSURGENTS
IRAN. CONVICTED RAPIST HANGED PUBLICLY
AFGHANISTAN. FOUR MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND MURDER
DEMONSTRATIONS IN FAVOUR OF THE ‚ÄúASSEMBLY FOR THE PROMOTION OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN CUBA‚ÄĚ
CHINA. FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ABDUCTING AND SELLING CHILDREN
IRAN. JUDICIARY DENIES STONING VERDICT FOR LOVER'S MURDERESS
RUSSIA. SENIOR MP URGES ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY AHEAD OF PACE SESSION
RDC. EU WELCOMES THE ELIMINATION OF THE DEATH PENALTY FROM THE CONSTITUTION
CUBA. TWO POLISH MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT BARRED FROM ENTERING COUNTRY TO PARTICIPATE IN DISSIDENT ASSEMBLY
US. DEATH ROW INMATE ASKS TO DONATE LIVER TO SISTER
THE PHILIPPINES. PRESIDENT GRANTS REPRIEVE TO 21 DEATH ROW CONVICTS
JORDAN. 27-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR THREE MURDERS
CUBA. OLIVIERO TOSCANI’S EXHIBITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CASTRO’S REGIME OPENS IN CADIZ
CHINA. THREE EXECUTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY, BOMBING
INDONESIA. MAN EXECUTED FOR MURDER

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