Friday, August 08, 2003

Bulgarians on trial in Libya for infecting kids with HIV

I had almost forgotten about this story.

Libya is trying six Bulgarians -- five nurses and a doctor -- accused of deliberately infecting 393 Libyan children with HIV through tainted blood products.

Back in 2002, a special court threw out the case for lack of evidence. But the prosecution filed charges again and it trial went ahead.

According to this article, the Bulgarins may have some hope because the court has agreed to admit evidence that might prove them innocent ... namely, a report that says lack of supplies and poor hygine are to blame for the spread of the disease.

The parents of the HIV positive children have filed for US$10.5 million in damages.

The Bulgarins in Libyan custody have said they have been tortured.