EU. ENVOY PRESSES LIBYA OVER DEATH ROW NURSES
May 25, 2005: Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the European Union's external relations chief, met Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to press for the release of five nurses from Bulgaria who were facing execution for allegedly infecting hundreds of children with the AIDS virus.
Ferrero-Waldner said she saw a "slight flame of hope" for the Bulgarians as well as a Palestinian doctor also on death row after her talks in the Libyan capital.
Ferrero-Waldner also visited the accused in their prison in Tripoli during the unannounced trip, the first of its kind by a high-level EU representative.
She acknowledged that the six accused said they were "psychologically tired." "I do hope that the climate will be somewhat better ... although the case remains a very very difficult one," she said. (Sources: Agence France Presse, 25/05/2005)