Libya urges
Bulgaria to pay to lift death sentences in HIV case

Libya is calling
on the Bulgarian government to negotiate the payment of
a sum of money to win amnesty for six medics—five
Bulgarians and a Palestinian—who were sentenced
to death for allegedly infecting 400 Libyan children
with HIV. The medics, who were arrested in 1999 and
sentenced to death in 2004, maintain their innocence and say
they have been tortured. Islamic law allows a death
sentence to be avoided if the victims' families
receive a "diya," or blood money payment. Libyan
officials have suggested the death sentences could be
reconsidered if the families are compensated and those
children who remain alive are treated. Bulgaria has
rejected Libya's previous calls for compensation to
the families. (AP)

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