Libya threatens to cut ties with Bulgaria over the pardoning of six health workers.
The Benghazi International Fund was created in January 2006 as an international NGO based in Libya with the objective of alleviating the suffering of the victims of the HIV infection in Benghazi the six medics were accused of spreading.
Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor spent more than eight years in jail after being accused of deliberately infecting more than 400 children, 50 of whom have since died.
The medics were returned to Bulgaria after a deal was reached which included medical help, political ties between the European Union and Tripoli, and compensation for the families of the victims.
The six, who had been sentenced to death, have maintained their innocence and said they were tortured into confessing.
The Bulgarian government said the debt was accumulated for arms and technical deliveries during the country’s communist era.