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Libya has proposed a plan to release the Bulgarian health professionals, sentenced to death in an AIDS epidemic case, with compensation.

This ensues from the December 2006 Libyan Criminal Court death sentence verdict on the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor.

The six health professional were deemed responsible for allegedly infecting Libyan children and mothers with HIV in the Benghazi hospital (news 20/12/06).

The EU had condemned this verdict as ‘unacceptable’. The German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced the incoming German EU presidency would push Libya to drop the sentences.

Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, son of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, said in a Bulgarian newspaper that Libya would not carry out the death sentences on the five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor, who have been held in prison for eight years despite international criticism of the trial.

The Commission’s permanent representative in Bulgaria, Michael Humphreys, was confident on the resolution of the issue. He said: “We believe that the issue with the Bulgarian nurses should be solved in their favour.”