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Gaddafi's son says Bulgarian nurses to be spared execution

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Saturday January 27, 2007

Sofia- Five Bulgarian nurses who were sentenced to death in
Libya for deliberately infecting children with the HIV virus will not
be executed, the son of Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi said Saturday.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi guaranteed that the women would not be
executed in an interview in Paris that was published in Bulgaria's 24
Chassa newspaper.

The 33-year-old engineer runs the Gaddafi Humanitarian Foundation.

The women and a Palestinian doctor have been held in Libya for the
past eight years.

The death sentences against the group were confirmed by a Libyan
court shortly before Christmas 2006.

They are accused of deliberately infecting 400 Libyan children
with the HIV virus in a hospital in the port city of Benghazi.

AIDS experts have said that the epidemic broke out before the
Bulgarian nurses arrived at the children's hospital.

The case was handled by Libya's Supreme Court.

The European Union, which Bulgaria joined on January 1, is
campaigning for the release of the medics.

© 2006 - dpa German Press Agency