On 11/5/06 I wrote in these pages about the Benghazi (Libya)AIDS epidemic. Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor had been condemned to death for "intentionally" (according to the government) infecting hundreds of children with HIV in a pediatric hospital in Benghazi, Libya, in the 1990s.
On December 19 the courts handed down the verdicts
Yesterday's sentence (death by firing squad) brought cheers in Libya, where there is widespread public anger over the infections.
The Libyan press has long depicted the medical workers as guilty, despite what western experts have said is overwhelming scientific evidence exonerating them.
After the sentence, dozens of relatives at the gates outside the Tripoli court chanted "Execution! Execution!"
Subhy Abdullah, whose daughter Mona, seven, died from AIDS contracted at the hospital, said: "Justice has been done. We are happy. They should be executed quickly." (Scotsman.com News)
There is no Western source of news and information which agrees with the findings of the Libyan courts.
Go to Declan Butler's blog for full information on the issue and the findings of yesterday.