Libya rejects US call to free nurses

Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalgam has rejected a call by US President George Bush for Tripoli to spare the lives of five Bulgarian nurses who were sentenced to death in May 2004.

    The Bulgarian nurses in a Libyan jail could face a firing squad

    "This is a legal matter which cannot be influenced by any political decision," the minister told Aljazeera.

    In Washington, where he was meeting Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, Bush had said: "The nurses ought to be freed.

    Death sentence

    "There should be no confusion in the Libyan government's mind that those nurses ought to be, not only spared their life, but out of prison.

    "We will continue to make that message perfectly clear."

    The five nurses and a Palestinian doctor are under death sentence in a Libyan jail and could face a firing squad. They were convicted last year, after six-and-a-half years in jail, of infecting children with the HIV virus at a hospital in Benghazi, in northern Libya.

    Of the 380 children that were infected, 47 have died.

    Two nurses and the doctor initially confessed to the charges but later claimed police extracted their confessions with torture including beatings and electric shocks.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.