Libya negotiates deal for release of doctor, 5 nurses

van Zyl, Tavé
August 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/28/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 5, p448
Academic Journal
The article offers information on the deal between Libya and Bulgaria, the negotiations of which led to the release of 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian-born doctor from Libya. The six have been charged for infecting about 400 children with HIV purportedly in alliance with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the Israeli secret service. They were kept imprisoned for 8 years, tortured, and maltreated. Libya was criticized for its indifference to human rights. A diplomatic role in negotiating the release was played by Cécilia Sarkozy, the wife of France's president. The implications of the deal suggest that the European Union has promised medical support and U.S.$426m for the families of the infected children. Libya has also been offered trade agreements and scholarships.


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